Meaning of “incidental” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “incidental” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incidental" in American English

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incidentaladjective

us /ˌɪn·səˈden·təl/

happening by chance, or in connection with something of greater importance:

His influence on younger employees was incidental, not intentional.
Will I be reimbursed for incidental expenses at the conference?

(Definition of “incidental” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"incidental" in Business English

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incidentaladjective

uk /ˌɪnsɪˈdentəl/ us

happening by chance, or in connection with something else that is more important:

it is incidental that It is purely incidental that payroll savings were realized after the consolidation, because more employees chose to quit their jobs rather than follow them to the new headquarters.
It is not incidental that the financial industry is one of the last remaining consumers of mainframe computers.
incidental to sth Whether one is 25 or 75, age is incidental to how well the job is done.

ACCOUNTING incidental costs are amounts of money, usually small, that someone has to spend while trying to achieve something:

incidental costs/expenses

incidentalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪnsɪˈdentəl/ us

something that is connected, often by chance, to something more important:

An incidental like a snowstorm can leave a large hole in your shipping schedule.

[ usually plural ] ACCOUNTING small amounts of money spent while trying to achieve something:

The company's expenses policy limits what people can spend on incidentals.

(Definition of “incidental” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)