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INCIDENTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incidental mean? 

INCIDENTAL (noun)
  The noun INCIDENTAL has 2 senses:

1. (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified
2. an item that is incidental

  Familiarity information: INCIDENTAL used as a noun is rare.


INCIDENTAL (adjective)
  The adjective INCIDENTAL has 3 senses:

1. (sometimes followed by 'to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
2. following as a consequence
3. not of prime or central importance

  Familiarity information: INCIDENTAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCIDENTAL (noun)


Sense 1incidental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

incidental; incidental expense; minor expense

Context example:

he requested reimbursement of $7 for incidental expenses

Hypernyms ("incidental" is a kind of...):

expense (money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)


Sense 2incidental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An item that is incidental

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("incidental" is a kind of...):

item; point (a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list)


INCIDENTAL (adjective)


Sense 1incidental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(sometimes followed by 'to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence

Synonyms:

incidental; incident

Context examples:

incidental expenses / the road will bring other incidental advantages / extra duties incidental to the job / labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion / confusion incidental to a quick change

Similar:

omissible (capable of being left out)

parenthetic; parenthetical (qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses)

peripheral (related to the key issue but not of central importance)

secondary (depending on or incidental to what is original or primary)

Antonym:

basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)


Sense 2incidental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Following as a consequence

Synonyms:

accompanying; attendant; concomitant; incidental to; incidental

Context examples:

an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems / snags incidental to the changeover in management

Similar:

related; related to (being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics)


Sense 3incidental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not of prime or central importance

Synonyms:

nonessential; incidental

Context example:

nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry

Similar:

inessential; unessential (not basic or fundamental)


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