adverb /ˈæk.sə.də

He discovered penicillin largely accidentally.

b) Unintentionally.

He accidentally exposed the bacteria to mold spores.

See Also: accident

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  • accidentally — (adv.) late 14c., non essentially, also unnaturally, from ACCIDENTAL (Cf. accidental) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning unintentionally is recorded from 1580s; phrase accidentally on purpose is recorded from 1862 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Accidentally — Ac ci*den tal*ly, adv. In an accidental manner; unexpectedly; by chance; unintentionally; casually; fortuitously; not essentially. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accidentally — [adj] by chance by mistake, fortuitously, haphazardly, unintentionally, unwittingly; concepts 548,552 …   New thesaurus

  • accidentally — ac|ci|den|tal|ly [ ,æksı dentli ] adverb * by chance, as the result of an accident: Police believe the fire was started accidentally. A woman was accidentally killed during the shootout. a. by mistake instead of deliberate intention: The program… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • accidentally — adverb 1 without intending to: I accidentally locked myself out of the house. 2 accidentally on purpose humorous used to say that someone did something deliberately although they pretend they did not: I think John lost his homework accidentally… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • accidentally */ — UK [ˌæksɪˈdent(ə)lɪ] / US adverb 1) by chance, as the result of an accident Police believe the fire was started accidentally. A woman was accidentally killed during the shootout. 2) by mistake rather than deliberate intention The program prevents …   English dictionary

  • accidentally — See accidentally, accidently …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • accidentally — adv. Accidentally is used with these verbs: ↑bomb, ↑brush, ↑bump, ↑delete, ↑destroy, ↑discharge, ↑discover, ↑drop, ↑erase, ↑explode, ↑fire, ↑hit, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • accidentally — /æksəˈdɛntli/ (say aksuh dentlee) adverb 1. by chance; unexpectedly. –phrase 2. accidentally on purpose, (humorous) seemingly by accident but with a hidden purpose …   Australian English dictionary

  • accidentally — accidental ► ADJECTIVE 1) happening by accident. 2) incidental; subsidiary. ► NOUN Music ▪ a sign indicating a momentary departure from the key signature by raising or lowering a note. DERIVATIVES accidentally adverb …   English terms dictionary

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