Definition of coincidental in English:

coincidental

adjective

  • 1Resulting from a coincidence; happening by chance.

    ‘any resemblance between their reports is purely coincidental’
    • ‘And I don't think it was just coincidental that it's a lot cheaper to just cover local news.’
    • ‘It may have been coincidental that at the time the administration's lead in the opinion polls was comfortable.’
    • ‘It was probably coincidental that the game went off the boil with Ryan's departure.’
    • ‘And isn't it strangely coincidental that Scotland Yard were involved in all this, at this particular time?’
    • ‘And is it really coincidental that the US wants to introduce biometric border controls in a similar time frame?’
    • ‘It was coincidental that they happened to share the same Dublin street address.’
    • ‘Read's simultaneous resignation is coincidental, says Fischbach.’
    • ‘I mean, it's not coincidental that some of the main culprits in this thing had very little or no college experience.’
    • ‘It cannot be entirely coincidental that several of these performances went on to win the Oscar.’
    • ‘IT may be coincidental that fat and fatal lie side by side in the dictionary but judging by UK obesity statistics their position seems pertinent.’
    • ‘It is not coincidental that such plans offer few, if any, details about how the market for their services will grow.’
    • ‘Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.’
    • ‘A further possible explanation was that the simultaneous onset of the two disorders was coincidental.’
    • ‘Is this, in your judgment, purely coincidental that so many reporters suddenly are facing the prospect of jail?’
    • ‘Last night Timothy Lipscomb, vicar of Armley, said it seemed coincidental that the fire had happened so soon after the terror attacks.’
    • ‘However, it is not coincidental that the issue exploded onto the mainstream agenda briefly in 1995.’
    • ‘But it was purely coincidental that Kitty had been in the garage before it happened.’
    • ‘It is not coincidental that tighter censorship is being introduced amidst a wave of severe cuts to social services.’
    • ‘It is probably not coincidental that those environmental conditions appear to be on the rise in our time.’
    • ‘But he says it is purely coincidental that he ended up as a farmer of coffee.’
    • ‘It's purely coincidental that most of the people I know are from the same background.’
    accidental, chance, occurring by accident, occurring by chance, fortuitous, adventitious, fluky, casual, serendipitous, random, aleatory
    View synonyms
  • 2Happening or existing at the same time.

    ‘it's convenient that his plan is coincidental with the group's closure’
    • ‘Is moving from head to heart coincidental with moving from stage to film, which is about moving from words to gestures?’
    • ‘A high proportion will also require treatment for coexistent cardiovascular disease and coincidental unrelated chronic disease.’
    • ‘But it seems to us that some of the wishes are strangely coincidental with Microsoft's own wishes.’
    • ‘What is the probability that all these coincidental events are just chance?’
    • ‘Some of us associate astrology with star signs that talk of things which merely are coincidental with issues happening in our lives.’
    simultaneous, concurrent, coincident, contemporaneous, concomitant, synchronous, coexistent
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

coincidental

/kəʊɪnsɪˈdɛnt(ə)l/