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Oc*ca"sion*al (ŏk*k&ā;"zhŭn*&aitalic_;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. [Obs.] 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.
Occasional cause (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.