ac·​ci·​dent·​ly | \ ˌak-sə-ˈdent-lē How to pronounce accidently (audio) , ˈak-sə-dənt-, ˈak-sə-ˌdent- \

Definition of accidently

: accidentally Law enforcement officials said that an unattended candle accidently lit her living room couch on fire.— Paul Chi He was turning out of the gateway when he accidently stumbled against a tall man wrapped in a cloak, who was at that moment coming out of the inn door.— Charles Dickens

Usage of Accidently

The adverb accidently has been in use since the 18th century. It continues to appear regularly in published writing, but it is far less common than accidentally, and it is sometimes cited as an error.

First Known Use of accidently

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Accidently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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