in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio) , 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?
Recent Examples on the Web There is nothing wrong — there’s no scam — with companies that try to satisfy that demand, which is, incidentally, real enough. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 May 2022 That compound comes from the other main ingredient in ayahuasca, a shrub called chacruna (which, incidentally, is a relative of the plant that gives us coffee). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 Roman’s mission is one of pre-drone-era derring-do and, incidentally, a reminder of geopolitical context for the region. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 The firm’s offices are, incidentally, just a few blocks from a McDonald’s in Moscow. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 The condition, a hardening of the aorta wall, could often be observed incidentally in a chest X-ray or scan for some other ailment. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 The smallpox vaccine incidentally protected against monkeypox. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 Her mother was involved in the Indonesian embassy in town, which became a way for Sadeli to express her culture and, incidentally, to get exposed to street art. CNN, 13 May 2022 Grace Fetherstonhaugh of Oregon State, incidentally, has the Pac-12′s second-best steeple mark this season of 9:44.76. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Incidentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ ˌin-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio) \

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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