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Definition 1: a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature - [noun denoting communication]

(accidental is a kind of ...) (music) notation used by musicians

Definition 2: not of prime or central importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where accidental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry
  • the character's motives remain accidental to the plot

Synonyms for accidental in the sense of this definition

(accidental is similar to ...) not basic or fundamental

Definition 3: happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where accidental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table
  • accidental poisoning
  • an accidental shooting

Synonyms for accidental in the sense of this definition

(accidental is similar to ...) not deliberate

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