Definition of coincidental in English:

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Pronunciation: /kōˌinsəˈden(t)l/


1Resulting from a coincidence; done or happening by chance: any resemblance between their reports is purely coincidental it cannot be coincidental that these years were a time of important new developments
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  • It was coincidental that they happened to share the same Dublin street address.
  • Last night Timothy Lipscomb, vicar of Armley, said it seemed coincidental that the fire had happened so soon after the terror attacks.
  • IT may be coincidental that fat and fatal lie side by side in the dictionary but judging by UK obesity statistics their position seems pertinent.
accidental, chance, fluky, random;
unexpected, unforeseen, unintentional, inadvertent, unplanned
2Happening or existing at the same time: it’s convenient that his plan is coincidental with the group’s closure
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  • Some of us associate astrology with star signs that talk of things which merely are coincidental with issues happening in our lives.
  • Is moving from head to heart coincidental with moving from stage to film, which is about moving from words to gestures?
  • But it seems to us that some of the wishes are strangely coincidental with Microsoft's own wishes.

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Syllabification: co·in·ci·den·tal

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