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coincidental

[koh-in-si-den-tl] /koʊˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl/
adjective
1.
happening by or resulting from coincidence; by chance:
a coincidental meeting.
2.
existing or occurring at the same time.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; coincident + -al1
Related forms
coincidentally, coincidently
[koh-in-si-duh nt-lee] /koʊˈɪn sɪ dənt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
noncoincidental, adjective
noncoincidentally, adverb
uncoincidental, adjective
uncoincidentally, adverb
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Examples from the web for coincidental
  • The timing, though coincidental, could not have been better.
  • These two changes are not coincidental-they are both important, and natural, reactions of your cardiovascular system to exercise.
  • Sometimes things are coincidental-and sometimes they are the result of maladaptive traits being tagged onto adaptive ones.
  • As rare events become less rare, you can expect coincidental occurrences of them to be less rare.
  • Optical range finders are more accurately called coincidental range finders.
  • Names with risqué connotations, be they deliberate or coincidental, fare a little better.
  • The timing, while coincidental, could not be better.
  • There is a coincidental tail diffusing towards complexity in lieu of the constraint pushing back.
British Dictionary definitions for coincidental

coincidental

/kəʊˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of or happening by a coincidence; fortuitous
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Word Origin and History for coincidental
adj.

c.1800, from coincident + -al (1).

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