ac·​ci·​dent·​al·​ly | \ ˌak-sə-ˈdent-lē How to pronounce accidentally (audio) , -ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce accidentally (audio) \

Definition of accidentally

: in an accidental or unintended manner : by accident I accidentally deleted the file. The lock prevents the gate from opening accidentally. Six lionfish were accidentally released from a home aquarium in Biscayne Bay, Fla., during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.— Alcestis Cooky Oberg The Olympic test was thrown out after the test lab accidentally destroyed the backup sample … that's required to confirm a positive result.— Christie Aschwanden He bumped into her accidentally on purpose. [=he bumped into her intentionally but he tried to make it appear to be an accident]

First Known Use of accidentally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of accidentally was in the 14th century

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