co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈdent-lē How to pronounce coincidentally (audio) , -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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In the 1920s, researchers began to explore the development of genealogical tests — research that, not coincidentally, occurred in an era of burgeoning interest in eugenics and racial pseudoscience. Nara B. Milanich, Time, "Paternity Testing Had a Long History Before Today’s DNA Kits. The Science Hasn’t Always Matched the Hype," 10 June 2019 One of the few on that level was, coincidentally, on the other side Monday. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers' Cody Bellinger remains feared at the plate despite dip in production," 10 June 2019 The Lakers also acquired the 39th pick from the Sixers (who, coincidentally, own the Lakers' No. Daniel Rapaport,, "NBA Draft Trades Roundup: Tracking Every Deal," 21 June 2018 Among the teams reportedly interested last year was English club Crystal Palace, which coincidentally is owned by 76ers owner Josh Harris. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Union re-sign star goalkeeper Andre Blake to multiyear contract," 17 Jan. 2018 Booksmart, not so coincidentally, reflects that attitude. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Booksmart" Star Beanie Feldstein on Her Post-"Lady Bird" Success and Why She Loved Working With Olivia Wilde," 23 May 2019 The gorgeous flowers below Meghan's arms and the royal baby's feet are actually (not coincidentally) beautiful, blue forget-me-nots. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle Honors Princess Diana in the Most Beautiful Way on Mother's Day," 13 May 2019 My heart goes out to the animators who are now stuck rebuilding this entire film in record time as well—coincidentally, the only significant part of the filmmaking process unprotected by unions. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Razer is making a toaster, Sonic has human baby teeth," 3 May 2019 Not coincidentally, more places for people to live would help alleviate all sorts of other problems, from climate change to income inequality. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 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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