incidental

[in-si-den-tl]
adjective
1.
happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
2.
incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount: incidental expenses.
3.
likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually followed by to ).
noun
4.
something incidental, as a circumstance.
5.
incidentals, minor expenses.

Origin:
1610–20; incident + -al1

incidentalness, noun
nonincidental, adjective
nonincidentally, adverb
unincidental, adjective
unincidentally, adverb

incidence, incidents, incidental.


1. casual, chance, fortuitous; contingent.


1. fundamental.
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incidental (ˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl)
 
adj (foll by to) (foll by upon)
1.  happening in connection with or resulting from something more important; casual or fortuitous
2.  found in connection (with); related (to)
3.  caused (by)
4.  occasional or minor: incidental expenses
 
n
5.  (often plural) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action
 
inci'dentalness
 
n

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Example sentences
As the universe expands the incidental lateral direction of expansion may
  reduce the effective curvature.
In a car, the river becomes much more incidental to the landscape.
Most people see climate change as an incidental side-effect when caused by
  burning fossil fuels.
And two: this predisposition is an incidental by-product of cognitive
  functioning gone awry.
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