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

  2. 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?

1665

First Known Use of incidentally

1665


INCIDENTALLY Defined for English Language Learners

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 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. 1 :  as a matter of less interest or importance

  2. 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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