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Contingent upon or pertaining to something that is more important; that which is necessary, appertaining to, or depending upon another known as the principal.

Under Workers' Compensation statutes, a risk is deemed incidental to employment when it is related to whatever a worker must do in order to fulfill the employment contract, but is not the primary function that the worker was hired to do.


adjective accessory, accidental, added, additional, allied, associated, attendant, extrinsic, forte oblatus, minor, not vital, parenthetic, subordinate, subsidiary, supervenient, supplementary
Associated concepts: incidental authority, incidental beneeits, incidental consequence, incidental damages, incidental expenses, incidental jurisdiction, incidental power, incidennal relief, incidental to employment, incidental use, incidennal work
See also: appurtenance, casual, circumstantial, collateral, conditional, extraneous, extrinsic, immaterial, impertinent, inapposite, irrelevant, nonessential, particular, random, subject, supplementary, tangential, unessential
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The woman in you is only incidental, accidental, and irrelevant.
But that is only incidental, you understand, and in a way, unavoidable.
It just happens that culture, in his case, is incidental to career.
So he never struck merely to hurt; the hurt was incidental to the end, and the end was quite another matter.
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.
Heaven and hell may be the prime factors of zeal in the religion of a fanatic; but for the great majority of the religious, heaven and hell are incidental to right and wrong.
1-2) is to be connected with notices of the allies of the Lapithae from Phthiotis and Iolchus, and that the story of Io was incidental to a narrative of Heracles' expedition against Euboea.
But the torches were not to light the way--that was but incidental.
Sir Patrick (watch in hand) declined to prolong the interview by answering any incidental inquiries which might arise in the course of it.
his nephew) by one Master Percy Crummles--THEIR last appearances-- and that, incidental to the piece, was a characteristic dance by the characters, and a castanet pas seul by the Infant Phenomenon--HER last appearance--he no longer entertained any doubt; and presenting himself at the stage-door, and sending in a scrap of paper with 'Mr Johnson' written thereon in pencil, was presently conducted by a Robber, with a very large belt and buckle round his waist, and very large leather gauntlets on his hands, into the presence of his former manager.
In the height of his triumph, Michel Ardan had to encounter all the annoyances incidental to a man of celebrity.
Distinction between the sterility of first crosses and of hybrids -- Sterility various in degree, not universal, affected by close interbreeding, removed by domestication -- Laws governing the sterility of hybrids -- Sterility not a special endowment, but incidental on other differences -- Causes of the sterility of first crosses and of hybrids -- Parallelism between the effects of changed conditions of life and crossing -- Fertility of varieties when crossed and of their mongrel offspring not universal -- Hybrids and mongrels compared independently of their fertility -- Summary.

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