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 The movie picks up there, with Ray determined to settle old scores, while reminiscing via flashbacks about his complicated youth with Mickey, and not incidentally how Ray stumbled into his current line of work. Brian Lowry, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 But Friedman also understands the different dimensions of power, and how incidentally one kind can lead to another. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2022 The hospitalization totals include people who test positive for the virus incidentally after being admitted for conditions unrelated to Covid-19, but there is no national data showing how many people are in that category. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 The Duchess no doubt loves Burton’s poetic twists on timelessness, but also the storytelling behind her work (her lookbooks are incidentally often captured by Roversi). Alice Newbold, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2022 For instance, Congress possesses the power to make war, and to raise armies, and incidentally to erect fortifications, and purchase cannon and ammunition, and other munitions of war. Andrew Koppelman, The New Republic, 5 Jan. 2022 The more brutal parts remind me of what a good Last of Us adaptation might look like, a project that, incidentally, HBO is also currently working on right now. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Baker Mayfield, incidentally, has completed five passes. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 3 Jan. 2022 There was a sense of infinite storytelling possibility in Sharp Objects, the title and subject of which incidentally point us toward the source of Vallée’s strength as a storyteller: the cutting. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2022

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“Incidentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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