coincidentally

adverb

co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈdent-lē How to pronounce coincidentally (audio)
-ˈden-tə-lē
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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coincidentally was in 1837

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“Coincidentally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coincidentally. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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