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/ac·ci·den·tal/ (ak″sĭ-den´t'l)
1. occurring by chance, unexpectedly, or unintentionally.
2. nonessential; not innate or intrinsic.


adjective Unexpected; by chance


(ak'si-dent) [L. accidere, to happen]
1. An unforeseen, unfortunate occurrence.
2. An unexpected complication of a disease or treatment.. accidental (-den'tal), adjective; accidentally

cerebrovascular accident

Abbreviation: CVA

radiation accident

Undesired excessive exposure to ionizing radiation.
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The shooting occurred in Burkesville, Kentucky, when the youngster was playing with the 22-caliber rifle and accidently shot his sister in the chest.
And in Ohio, a gun dealer injured his friend when he accidently pulled the trigger of a semi-automatic handgun he had purchased.
Sabawoon told Pajhwok the four were making bombs inside a house when one of the devices detonated accidently.
In the first incident, Tanvir (16) of 16-Ghagh village was sprinkling water when he accidently touched a live wire and received severe electric shock resulting in his instant death.
Trajanovski wonders whether the spectacular arrests of operation "Metastasis" accidently coincided with the interpellation against Justice Minister Manevski and whether the unneeded demonstrations of force in the operation" Shampoos in Sutka" accidently happened after finding the lost letter of EU Commissioner Fule.
Around 1957 I was a St John Ambulance (SJA) cadet, and a fellow cadet (whose name I have forgotten), received an award for saving the life of a boy who had been accidently shot in the neck.
Last night, the Labour MP said the email should have been sent to supporters but was accidently distributed more widely by a student working at her office.
The poll of 3,000 Brits by Canned Food UK revealed we are most likely to lose our cash by accidently dropping it, but 11 per cent admitted their money vanished because they were too drunk to remember where they had put it.
We protect data from being accidently erased from the MSD by placing the folders in a master folder.
A MINISTER yesterday told of a community in shock after a baby boy was killed when his mother accidently reversed her car over his carrycot.