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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-si-den-tl]
    • /ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl/
    • /ˌæk.sɪˈden.təl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-si-den-tl]
    • /ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl/

Definitions of accidentally word

  • adjective accidentally happening by chance or accident; not planned; unexpected: an accidental meeting. 1
  • adjective accidentally nonessential; incidental; subsidiary: accidental benefits. 1
  • adjective accidentally Music. relating to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals. 1
  • noun accidentally a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance, characteristic, or feature. 1
  • noun accidentally Music. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch. 1
  • noun accidentally In an accidental manner; unexpectedly; by chance; casually; fortuitously. 1

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Origin of accidentally

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word accidentālis. See accident, -al1

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Parts of speech for Accidentally


accidentally popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

accidentally usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accidentally

adj accidentally

  • unwittingly — inadvertent; unintentional; accidental: His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
  • unintentionally — not intentional or deliberate: an unintentional omission from the list.
  • haphazardly — in a haphazard manner; at random.
  • by mistake — accidentally, not on purpose
  • fortuitous — happening or produced by chance; accidental: a fortuitous encounter.

adjective accidentally

  • by chance — Something that happens by chance was not planned by anyone.

adverb accidentally

  • inadvertently — unintentional: an inadvertent insult.
  • out of the blue — the pure color of a clear sky; the primary color between green and violet in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 450 and 500 nm.
  • incidentally — apart or aside from the main subject of attention, discussion, etc.; by the way; parenthetically.
  • unexpectedly — not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.

Antonyms for accidentally

adverb accidentally

  • on purpose — the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
  • deliberately — carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
  • purposely — intentionally; deliberately: He tripped me purposely.
  • intentionally — done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
  • advisedly — If you say that you are using a word or expression advisedly, you mean that you have deliberately chosen to use it, even though it may sound unusual, wrong, or offensive, because it draws attention to what you are saying.

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