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accidental

adjective uk   /ˌæk.sɪˈden.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
B2 happening by chance: Reports suggest that eleven soldiers were killed by accidental fire from their own side. The site was located after the accidental discovery of bones in a field.
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noun [C] uk   /ˌæk.sɪˈden.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/

accidental noun [C] (IN MUSIC)

specialized music a sign showing that there is a temporary change from the key signature (= the set of musical notes that should normally be played for a particular piece of music)

accidental noun [C] (BIRD)

specialized biology a bird that is found in a place where birds of its type are not usually found : You may spot accidentals driven in by the stormy weather.
Translations of “accidental”
in Korean 우연한…
in Arabic عَرَضي…
in Portuguese acidental…
in Catalan fortuït, imprevist…
in Japanese 間違いによる, 不測の, 思いがけない…
in Italian accidentale, casuale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偶然的, 意外的…
in Russian случайный…
in Turkish kazara, istemeden olan, meydana gelen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 偶然的, 意外的…
in Polish przypadkowy…
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