incidental definition

  • adjective:
    • developing or prone to take place as an unpredictable or small accompaniment: the snags incidental to a changeover in upper management. See Synonyms at accidental.
    • Of a minor, casual, or subordinate nature: incidental costs.
    • Loosely linked; existing as a byproduct, tangent, or accident.
    • Entering or approaching, before reflection (more frequently event).
    • Happening, as an occasional event, without regularity; coming without design; everyday; accidental; for this reason, not of prime issue; subordinate; collateral
    • following or associated as a consequence
    • (sometimes followed closely by `to') small or informal or subordinate in value or nature or happening as a chance concomitant or effect
    • not of prime or main relevance
  • noun:
    • A minor accompanying product or expense: a pocket inside suitcase for incidentals.
    • Incidental expense.
    • an event; that which is incidental; esp., when you look at the plural, an aggregate of subordinate or incidental products maybe not particularized.
    • anything subordinate or informal: usually used in the plural to imply minor costs.
    • (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or otherwise not specified
    • a product that is incidental
  • others:
    • developing, inseparably or luckily, along with something else, frequently of better value; of small value; periodic; everyday: as incidental costs.
    • Synonyms potential, everyday, etc. See accidental.

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