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adjective as in happening unexpectedly

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You have no idea which elements were due to your innate talent and which were accidental.

That was followed by a report that roughly 30 percent of college athletes who've contracted the virus end up with inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis—a number that ESPN is now saying is an accidental exaggeration.

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So when he died in December 2019, at age 21, after a seizure from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, it crushed people everywhere.

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Researchers cannot ethically alter human prenatal hormone levels, so they rely on “accidental experiments” in which prenatal hormone levels or responses to them were unusual, such as with intersex people.

This is kind of an accidental career for me—which is why I approach it with irreverence and playfulness.

Whatever irregularities occurred were accidental and insignificant.

In 1978, Scott Newman, his 28-year-old son, died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.

An accidental mix-up of measles vaccine and a common muscle relaxer killed at least 15 Syrian children, and possibly many more.

Around two thirds of these accidental deaths happened in the home or vehicle of the family, with mostly unsecured guns.

No accidental relations of parts of names is resorted to, as was done in the case of the American Presidents.

Christianity owed its magnificent opportunities (which it has wasted) to several accidental circumstances.

In the meantime, Colonel Fry had died suddenly from an accidental fall, and Washington had succeeded to the command.

A statesman's life is the life for me; behold Mr. Devenish, the new M.P.—no, look here, that was quite accidental.

According to him, literature ought to be intentional, and the accidental restrained as much as possible.


On this page you'll find 64 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to accidental, such as: coincidental, inadvertent, incidental, random, unexpected, and unforeseen.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.