co·in·ci·den·tal·ly | \(ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈdent-lē, -ˈden-tə-lē\

Definition of coincidentally 

1 : in a coincidental manner : by coincidence lonely singles who meet coincidentally and clickPeople

2 : it is or seems coincidental that coincidentally, the dog died exactly one year after his owner did

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Synonyms & Antonyms for coincidentally


coincidently, concurrently, contemporaneously, simultaneously, together



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Examples of coincidentally in a Sentence

the final stages of the Napoleonic Wars were fought coincidentally with the U.S.-British conflict known as the War of 1812

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The last time the Tall Ships had been in the city was in 2012 during NOLA Navy Week, which was coincidentally happening the same time this year. Sue Strachan,, "Tall Ships Tricentennial Gala the ultimate Mississippi River fete," 2 May 2018 Shields brought in eight boxers who bore size and style resemblance to Centeno to spar with Charlo, two of whom coincidentally happened to be identical twins, 22-year-olds Jason and Justin Bell of Maryland, both 3-0. Peter Lim, Houston Chronicle, "Jermall Charlo, Hugo Centeno Jr. to battle for interim WBC middleweight title," 20 Apr. 2018 Al was a Frank Sinatra fanatic and coincidentally was at one time the Chairman of the board of the Fairwinds Credit Union. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/13," 13 May 2018 Some of Lazarin’s stories — not coincidentally, my favorites — show women pinging furiously off one another instead of their boyfriends, husbands and fathers, gathering incremental surges of strength and autonomy and rage, of unspoken power. New York Times, "12 New Books We Recommend This Week," 29 Mar. 2018 The Tigers defensive-minded halfback has three assists and one goal, which coincidentally was the game winner with 17 seconds left against Kennedale earlier this season. John English, star-telegram, "Serious knee injury motivated Mansfield soccer player in his senior-year comeback | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 Mar. 2018 Perhaps coincidentally, James and writer Steve Mallory just sold the idea for an untitled comedy film to Paramount Players, USA TODAY Sports confirmed Wednesday, with James in early talks to star. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' agent Rich Paul calls move to LA Lakers 'a basketball decision'," 12 July 2018 Gorsuch, 50, and Kavanaugh, 53, coincidentally attended the same elite Jesuit high school, Georgetown Preparatory. Joe Knowles,, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got into debt buying Nationals tickets," 12 July 2018 Mbappe, coincidentally 19-years-old himself, took just 11 minutes to make his first significance indent in the round of 16 tie between France and Argentina., "Kylian Mbappé's Announces Himself on the World Stage as Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Bow Out," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of coincidentally

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidentally

coincidental + -ly entry 2

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