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incidental (adj) happening in connection with some something more important.
A personís doing shopping in a city is incidental to their visit there, if they visit the place mainly for another and more important purpose, say, attend a conference, meeting an important person, etc. Group clashes are incidental to hotly contested elections, that is, when the elections are keenly contested and are taken as matters of prestige, tempers rise and clashes between groups follow. The group clashes are related to the more important issue of elections. Hence the group clashes are only incidental.
- The Japanese prime ministerís meeting the Japanese community in the US was incidental to his visit to the US to address the UN General Assembly.
- Nickís selling off all his shares is incidental. It is not just stock market speculation. He wants pool up all his money for starting a new business.