Definition of coincidental in US English:



  • 1Resulting from a coincidence; done or happening by chance.

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

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