Meaning of “accidental” in the English Dictionary

"accidental" in British English

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uk /ˌæk.sɪˈden.təl/ us /ˌæk.səˈden.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.

More examples

  • All our household goods are insured against accidental damage.
  • The coroner concluded that his death was accidental.
  • Our meeting wasn't planned - it was completely accidental.
  • She says she didn't mean to break it, but I don't think it was accidental.
  • When my condition improved after taking the herbal medicine, the doctor said it was purely accidental.

accidentalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæk.sɪˈden.təl/ us /ˌæk.səˈden.t̬əl/

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