incidentally

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adverb 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

Examples of incidentally in a Sentence

  1. Not incidentally, the market slump was followed by widespread layoffs.

  2. incidentally, have you seen the new building they're putting up?

Recent Examples of incidentally from the Web

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665


INCIDENTALLY Defined for English Language Learners

incidentally

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Definition of incidentally for English Language Learners

  • : as something that is less interesting or important

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


INCIDENTALLY Defined for Kids

incidentally

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

Definition of incidentally for Students

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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