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incidental

adjective By accident, not intentional, unexpected.
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I hope, however, to be able to show that sterility is not a specially acquired or endowed quality, but is incidental on other acquired differences.
The foregoing rules and facts, on the other hand, appear to me clearly to indicate that the sterility both of first crosses and of hybrids is simply incidental or dependent on unknown differences, chiefly in the reproductive systems, of the species which are crossed.
Precisely," said Schliemann; "the low knavery and the ferocious cruelty incidental to them, the plotting and the lying and the bribing, the blustering and bragging, the screaming egotism, the hurrying and worrying.
The "parts" of "Lucy" and "Falkland" (which the distressed family carried about with them everywhere, like incidental maladies) were handed to their representatives on the spot.
For him, indeed, human life is, in the first instance, only an additional, and as it were incidental grace, upon this expressive landscape.
The woman in you is only incidental, accidental, and irrelevant.
But that is only incidental, you understand, and in a way, unavoidable.
The presence of strangers, and the confusion incidental to the festival, offered her facilities for escaping which would not have presented themselves at any other time.
An incidental allusion, purposely thrown out, to the day of the week, and the day of the month, set him thinking and counting, and evidently made him uneasy.
Exceedingly moody and dejected was the sorely wounded Don Quixote, with his face bandaged and marked, not by the hand of God, but by the claws of a cat, mishaps incidental to knight-errantry.
Blinds, that were intended to be painted green, kept the window in a state of preservation, and probably might have contributed to the effect of the whole, had not the failure in the public funds, which seems always to be incidental to any undertaking of this kind, left them in the sombre coat of lead-color with which they had been originally clothed.

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