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Definition something that comes with something else, but is less important than it
sometimes in a specialized sense, including:
  • incidental expenses or when in context, just incidentals — minor expenses not budgeted or not specified
  • incidental music — music in a play, television program, radio program, video game or some other form not primarily musical. (The term is less frequently applied to film music, with such music being referred to instead as the film score or soundtrack.)
  • She requested reimbursement of $10 for incidental expenses.
incidental = something that comes with something else, but is less important than it
sometimes in a specialized sense, including:
  • incidental expenses or when in context, just incidentals — minor expenses not budgeted or not specified
  • incidental music — music in a play, television program, radio program, video game or some other form not primarily musical. (The term is less frequently applied to film music, with such music being referred to instead as the film score or soundtrack.)
  • You'll have other responsibilities incidental to the job.
  • incidental = coming with, but less important than the main thing
  • But that is only incidental, you understand, and in a way, unavoidable.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • ...and Jurgis, who was learning things fast, spent all Sunday making a bargain for these, and he made it in the presence of witnesses, so that when the man tried to charge him for all sorts of incidentals, he did not have to pay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidentals = things that come with something else but are less important than it
  • But consider the waste in time and energy incidental to making ten thousand varieties of a thing for purposes of ostentation and snobbishness, where one variety would do for use!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidental = something that comes with something else, but is less important than the main thing
  • "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."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidental = that comes with
  • Consider the wastes incidental to the crowding into cities, made necessary by competition and by monopoly railroad rates; consider the slums, the bad air, the disease and the waste of vital energies; consider the office buildings, the waste of time and material in the piling of story upon story, and the burrowing underground!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidental = that comes with
  • Consider all the waste incidental to the manufacture of cheap qualities of goods, of goods made to sell and deceive the ignorant; consider the wastes of adulteration,—the shoddy clothing, the cotton blankets, the unstable tenements, the ground-cork life-preservers, the adulterated milk, the aniline soda water, the potato-flour sausages—
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidental = that comes with
  • Consider the wastes incidental to the blind and haphazard production of commodities—the factories closed, the workers idle, the goods spoiling in storage; consider the activities of the stock manipulator, the paralyzing of whole industries, the overstimulation of others, for speculative purposes; the assignments and bank failures, the crises and panics, the deserted towns and the starving populations!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • incidental = that comes with
  • We expect incidental challenges with such a major change.
  • The road will bring other incidental advantages.
  • The simplest, most ordinary things, that in other times had seemed incidentals, could lift his heart and set his mind soaring.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Lord Deepmere carried off such embarrassment as might be incidental to this unexpected encounter with the inferior grace of a male and a Briton.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But comeliness was an incidental matter.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • To them I was incidental, their kindness to me casual and minor; I'm sure they didn't give it a second thought, or have any idea of what it meant.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • And in what incidental details did their future fate lie?
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • He preferred waiting for the incidental disclosure which events must soon bring about.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "For incidentals," Lola had said as she pressed it into my hand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • She was shown this mercy because she was judged an incidental accomplice only, one misled by Kubera, whom she had trusted.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He also contributed $ iso for the trip for gas, food, and incidental expenses.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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