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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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However, two soldiers accidentally entering Jenin earlier this month were assaulted by a mob attempting to break into their car.
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Recording an open verdict, the coroner said: "One possibility is accidentally overlaying.
Police say the boy somehow found a gun in the home's living room and accidentally fired it and a bullet hit his father, who was rushed to a hospital where he died.
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AN investigation has been launched after a royal protection officer accidentally fired a gun while guarding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home.
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Summary: The House of Commons rang with laughter on Thursday after an MP accidentally sat on the Energy Secretary's lap.
Of the officers accidentally killed, 21 were employed by city police departments, 16 were employed by county agencies, 6 were employed by state agencies, and 4 were employed by federal agencies.
A SOLDIER killed in Afghanistan was accidentally shot by a colleague, his family said last night.