- 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.
The definition of incidental is an unintended consequence of something, or a related but unimportant part.
- 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
- happening by chance; accidental
Origin of incidentalMedieval Latin incidentalis
- something incidental
- [pl.] miscellaneous or minor items or expenses
- Occurring or likely to occur as an unpredictable or minor consequence: “the principle that even annoying, intrusive, and offensive speech is to be protected by the courts and tolerated by the public as incidental to an open society” ( Frederick Schauer ) 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.
(comparative more incidental, superlative most incidental)
- Incidental expense.
- She's costing us a lot in incidentals.
From incident + -al.