- The definition of incidental is an unintended consequence of something, or a related but unimportant part.
- Destruction of the forests is an example of an incidental or unintended consequence of population growth.
- Paperwork is an example of an incidental part of the job of an airline pilot.
incidental definition by Webster's New World
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- happening as a result of or in connection with something more important; casual: incidental benefits
- likely to happen as a result or concomitant: with to: troubles incidental to divorce
- secondary or minor, but usually associated: incidental expenses
Origin: Midieval Latin incidentalis
- something incidental
- miscellaneous or minor items or expenses
incidental definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Occurring or likely to occur as an unpredictable or minor accompaniment: the snags incidental to a changeover in upper management. See Synonyms at accidental.
- Of a minor, casual, or subordinate nature: incidental expenses.
A minor accompanying item or expense: a pocket in the suitcase for incidentals.