Definition of incidental in English:


Line breaks: in¦ci|den¦tal
Pronunciation: /ɪnsɪˈdɛnt(ə)l


  • 2 (incidental to) Happening as a result of (an activity): the ordinary risks incidental to a fireman’s job
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    • 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 incidentals
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    • 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).

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