V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. related to or accompanying something more important, referring to something that is not as important as what it accompanies; 2. happening by chance; 3. subsidiary to the main

Synonyms: subordinate, secondary, accompanying, accidental, circumstantial, chance, random, attendant

Antonyms: purposeful, primary, main

Tips: Use incidental to describe anything that is secondary and should not be the main focus of attention. Incidental is often used to describe extra spending money. As an adjective incidental refers to spending money or expenses that should not be a concern, because the return on investment will far outway the initial expenditure. The noun form of incidental can also refer to any small item or expense. On expense reports, incidentals refer to small amounts of money that you may spend on a trip (e.g. tipping the bellman, etc.) Incidentally means "by the way," or refers to something that is not as important as what you are currently discussing, but none the less related and worth noting.

Usage Examples:

The cost of airfare is incidental compared to the value of attending the conference. (secondary, subordinate)

Don't forget to bring some money on the trip for incidentals. (small items) noun

Those are valid points and we will take them up later, but they're incidental to the main problem at hand. (secondary, subordinate)

We had a wonderful dinner at the sushi bar you recommended; incidentally, I must give you the number of our favorite sushi restaurant in New York. (by the way) adverb

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