- 1Happening as a minor accompaniment to something else: for the fieldworker who deals with real problems, paperwork is incidental incidental expensesMore example sentences
less important, of less importance, secondary, subsidiary, subordinate, ancillary, auxiliary; minor, peripheral, background, by-the-way, by-the-by, non-essential, inessential, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, unnecessary, trivial, trifling, negligible, petty, tangential, extrinsic, extraneous, dispensable, expendable
- As in his biography of Macarthur, the Aborigines are incidental, minor problems for his hero to overcome.
- Criticism of the footnote is not a quibble about a minor incidental proposition.
- That space came along as a necessary but incidental accompaniment of the two arches.
- 1.1Occurring by chance in connection with something else: the incidental catch of dolphins in the pursuit of tunaMore example sentences
- The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.
- The small and incidental commercial catch is marketed as ‘perch’.
- Precision comes from being able to strike the desired target while avoiding incidental casualties or unwanted damage.
- 2 (incidental to) Happening as a result of (an activity): the ordinary risks incidental to a fireman’s jobMore example sentences
- For instance, a charity has to refrain from political advocacy, unless such lobbying activity is merely incidental to the charitable purpose.
- Thus, for example, activities initially incidental to the main of an area of land may grow in scale to a point where they convert the single use to a composite use and produce a material change of use of the whole.
- Achieving this designation in public policy requires identifying opportunities both as a specific agenda and as incidental to other APA activities.
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- An incidental expense, event, etc.: an allowance to cover meals, taxis, and other incidentalsMore example sentences
- In 2002, tuition fees before incidentals in this same program stand at $2,015, an increase of 145 per cent over 10 years.
- Meals, recreational activities, and incidentals are out-of-pocket expenses.
- The Defence Travel Card is a corporate credit card used to pay for business travel expenses including accommodation, meals, incidentals and surface travel.
early 17th century: originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- 'falling upon, happening to' (from the verb incidere).