Non-accidental



[ak-si-den-tl] /ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl/

adjective
1.
happening by chance or ; not planned; unexpected:
an accidental meeting.
2.
nonessential; incidental; subsidiary:
accidental benefits.
3.
Music. relating to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals.
noun
4.
a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance, characteristic, or feature.
5.
Music. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.
/ˌæksɪˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
occurring by chance, unexpectedly, or unintentionally
2.
nonessential; incidental
3.
(music) denoting sharps, flats, or naturals that are not in the key signature of a piece
4.
(logic) (of a property) not essential; contingent
noun
5.
an incidental, nonessential, or supplementary circumstance, factor, or attribute
6.
(music) a symbol denoting a sharp, flat, or natural that is not a part of the key signature
adj.

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.
n.

late 14c., “non-essential quality,” from accidental (adj.). The musical sense is from 1868.

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