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“… about his accidental hit and run eden …”

meanings of accidental


  1. Not essential; incidental, secondary.
  2. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; by accident, unintentional.
  3. Adjusted by one or two semitones, in temporary departure from the key signature.
  4. Nonessential to something's inherent nature (especially in Aristotelian thought).
  5. Being a double point with two distinct tangent planes in 4-dimensional projective space.
  6. Occurring sometimes, by chance; occasional.


  1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
  2. Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.
  3. Part of a text that has a mainly structural purpose, such as spelling, punctuation, or capitalization.
  4. A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.

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