In·ci·den·tal, n. An incident; that which is incidental; esp., in the plural, an aggregate of subordinate or incidental items not particularized; as, the expense of tuition and incidentals.
In·ci·den·tal a. Happening, as an occasional event, without regularity; coming without design; casual; accidental; hence, not of prime concern; subordinate; collateral; as, an incidental conversation; an incidental occurrence; incidental expenses.
By some, religious duties . . . appear to be regarded . . . as an incidental business. --Rogers.
Syn: -- Accidental; casual; fortuitous; contingent; chance; collateral. See Accidental.
-- In*ci*den*tal*ly, adv. -- In*ci*den*tal*ness, n.
I treat either or incidentally of colors. --Boyle.
adj 1: (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate
in significance or nature or occurring as a chance
concomitant or consequence; "incidental expenses";
"the road will bring other incidental advantages";
"extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems
incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion
incidental to a quick change" [syn: incident] [ant:
2: following as a consequence; "an excessive growth of
bureaucracy, with related problems"; "snags incidental to
the changeover in management" [syn: accompanying, attendant,
concomitant, incidental to(p)]
3: not of prime or central importance; "nonessential to the
integral meanings of poetry"- Pubs.MLA [syn: nonessential]
n 1: (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not
specified; "he requested reimbursement of $7 for
incidental expenses" [syn: incidental expense, minor
2: an item that is incidental