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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACCIDENTAL

There are always such crowds of accidental arguments for anything.

Realize it thoroughly: it is a methodical not an accidental world.

He wished to know whether it was not liable to accidental derangement?

My only chance will be the chance of an accidental meeting with Him.

I had one or two pieces of luck in the way of accidental cases.

There is much which is accidental or exceptional in language.

If, however, the wounding is accidental, he shall simply pay for the harm done.

Such was Ralph's reading of the accidental finding of the horse.

An accidental circumstance was the cause of his irresolution.

It was accidental; it was inevitable only in the Isle of Man.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "non-essential," from Old French accidentel or directly from Medieval Latin accidentalis, from Latin accidentem (see accident). Meaning "outside the normal course of nature" is from early 15c.; that of "coming by chance" is from 1570s.

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