in·ci·den·tal·ly | \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē, especially for sense 2 -ˈdent-lē\

Definition of incidentally 

1 : in an incidental manner : not intentionally the arrant nonsense of some of his statements is incidentally hilarious— John Lahr

2 : by way of interjection or digression : by the way fortunate in having a good teacher … —still living, incidentally— John Fischer

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Examples of incidentally in a Sentence

Not incidentally, the market slump was followed by widespread layoffs. incidentally, have you seen the new building they're putting up?

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Camille Preaker, our protagonist, is more winsome than Libby Day, but only incidentally (and only incrementally). A.j. Finn,, "Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad," 13 July 2018 Anderson, incidentally, fronts the band branded as Anderson, (Trevor) Rabin and (Rick) Wakeman or, more familiarly, ARW. Chuck Darrow,, "Why are Philadelphians so obsessed with the band Yes?," 12 July 2018 Call it progress, the inevitable inexorable direction of taking control from the driver for the sake of automation, which incidentally, was first offered way back in the ’60s in the form of cruise control. Robert Duffer,, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018 Apple was already showing significant interest in news aggregation back in Mar. 2018 with the acquisition of magazine subscription service Texture -- which, incidentally, is part-owned by Condé Nast, Ostroff’s current employer. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 Amazon still sells the Fire TV stick and released the new Fire TV with 4K HDR support shortly after the image of the Fire TV Cube leaked (those leaks incidentally also included a render of the new Fire TV with 4K HDR). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Mysterious page hints at forthcoming Fire TV Cube," 25 Apr. 2018 And, not incidentally, the role that West, during his nearly 60 years in L.A., has played in three of those moves, all involving game-changing centers. Jack Mccallum,, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018 From the late 1930s or early ’40s onward, Neruda was not incidentally but essentially a Communist poet. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 This phenomenon is, incidentally, also why the ocean appears blue. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of incidentally

: as something that is less interesting or important

—used to introduce a statement that provides added information or that mentions another subject


in·ci·den·tal·ly | \ˌin-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē \

Kids Definition of incidentally

1 : as a matter of less interest or importance

2 used to introduce a statement that provides additional information or changes the subject I'll call your mother. Incidentally, how is she?

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