Helpful Hints
  • (1) You can search the entire content of Dean’s by phrase or by individual words. Just type your keywords into the search box and then pull down the search icon on the right and choose the option you need: search by word or by phrase or reset the content.
  • (2) Double click on a word in the content of a definition, and if the word is listed as a keyword in Dean’s, it will look that word up.
  • (3) You can use the search function to help jump the scrolling function. Simply type the first 2-3 letters into the search box then hit enter on your keyboard and the scroll will go to those Keywords that begin with those letters and allow you to scroll from there.

Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally. In painting, those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow. In music, a sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note. 

The term accidental is generally understood to mean unexpected or unintended. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co. v. United States Fidelity & Guar. Co.. 962 F.2d 1484 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 113 S. Ct. 411, 121 L. Ed. 2d 335 (1992). 

Syn. - Casual; fortuitous; contingent; occasional; adventitious. - Accidental, Incidental, Casual, Fortuitous, Contingent. We speak of a thing as accidental when it falls out as by chance, and not in the regular course of things; as, an accidental meeting, an accidental advantage, etc. We call a thing incidental when it falls, as it ...

Register or login to access full content