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[in-si-den-tl-ee or for 1, -dent-lee] /ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl i or for 1, -ˈdɛnt li/
apart or aside from the main subject of attention, discussion, etc.; by the way; parenthetically.
in an incidental manner.
Origin of incidentally
1655-65; incidental + -ly Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incidentally
  • College professors who are incidentally millionaires are the exception, even in these roseate days of the twentieth century.
  • incidentally you can sometimes get free access to these if they're being offered by a lobby group and ask to come as an academic.
  • incidentally he made the necessary qualifications of marksmanship, and later qualified as a sharpshooter.
  • incidentally the bee, while impelled by an instinct that makes it search for sugar, sucks in therewith its solid sustenance.
  • The name dogwood has nothing to do with canines, incidentally.
  • And incidentally in this episode the acting of the unnamed player who officiates as the judge is unusually competent.
  • It's still not clear how much those fees are adding to the costs of air travel, incidentally.
  • None, not incidentally, are famous for good governance.
  • incidentally, it does the same thing for the instructor, and that's worth mentioning too.
  • incidentally, these people who have expressed this opinion apparently get extremely hostile evaluations.
British Dictionary definitions for incidentally


as a subordinate or chance occurrence
(sentence modifier) by the way
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Word Origin and History for incidentally

1520s, "by the way, casually;" see incidental + -ly (2). Sense of "as a new but related point" attested by 1925.

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