Oc*ca"sion*al(k*k"zhn*l), a. [Cf. F. occasionnel.] 1. Occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or efforts.
The . . . occasional writing of the present times.Bagehot.
2. Produced by accident; as, the
occasional origin of a thing.
Sir T. Browne.
3. Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; intended for a specific occasion; for use only when needed, and not regularly.
(Metaph.), some circumstance preceding an effect which, without being the real cause, becomes the occasion of the action of the efficient cause; thus, the act of touching gunpowder with fire is the
occasional, but not the efficient, cause of an explosion.
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