What does the word incidental mean?

Usage examples for incidental

  1. My women, who threw all their cares upon their mistress, set their minds at ease from the time when they saw me treated with respect, and gave themselves up to the incidental alleviations of our fatigue without solicitude or sorrow. – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  2. It will involve the organisation and mobilisation of all the material resources of the country to supply the materials of war and serve the incidental needs of the nation in the most abundant and yet the most economical and efficient way possible. – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
  3. Here they insist that it shall be incidental. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie