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ac·ci·den·tal

 (ăk′sĭ-dĕn′tl)
adj.
1. Occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance.
2. Music Of or relating to an accidental.
3. Being an animal, especially a bird, that has strayed beyond its normal range.
n.
1. A property, factor, or attribute that is not essential.
2. Music
a. Any of various signs that indicate the alteration of a note by one or two semitones or the cancellation of a previous sign.
b. A note that has been marked with such a sign.
3. An animal that has strayed beyond its normal range.

ac′ci·den′tal·ly, ac′ci·dent′ly adv.
Synonyms: accidental, fortuitous, contingent, incidental
These adjectives apply to what happens unintentionally. Accidental primarily refers to what occurs by chance: an accidental meeting.
It can also mean subordinate or nonessential: "Poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form" (Frederick W. Robertson).
Fortuitous stresses chance even more strongly: "the happy combination of fortuitous circumstances" (Sir Walter Scott).
Contingent describes what is possible but uncertain because of unforeseen or uncontrollable factors: "The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain" (George Eliot).
Incidental refers to a minor or unanticipated result or accompaniment: "There is scarcely any practice which is so corrupt as not to produce some incidental good" (Enoch Mellor).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.accidentally - without advance planningaccidentally - without advance planning; "they met accidentally"
advisedly, by choice, by design, deliberately, designedly, intentionally, on purpose, purposely - with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice"
2.accidentally - of a minor or subordinate nature; "these magnificent achievements were only incidentally influenced by Oriental models"
3.accidentally - without intentionaccidentally - without intention; in an unintentional manner; "she hit him unintentionally"
advisedly, by choice, by design, deliberately, designedly, intentionally, on purpose, purposely - with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice"

accidentally

Translations
بالصُدْفَةعَرَضَاً، صُدْفَة
náhodně
ved et tilfælde
vahingossaepähuomiossasattumalta
במקרהלא בכוונה
slučajno
af slysni, fyrir tilviljun
偶然に
우연히
nehote
av en händelse
โดยบังเอิญ
một cách tình cờ

accidentally

[ˌæksɪˈdentəlɪ] ADV
1. (= by chance) → por casualidad
we met quite accidentallynos encontramos por pura casualidad
2. (= unintentionally) → sin querer, involuntariamente
he was accidentally killedfue muerto por accidente
the liquids were accidentally mixedlos líquidos se mezclaron por descuido
accidentally on purposesin querer y no tan sin querer

accidentally

[ˌæksɪˈdɛntəli] adv
(= by accident) → accidentellement
(= by chance) [meet, discover] → accidentellement, par hasardaccident and emergency accident and emergency department (British) nservice m des urgences, urgences fplaccident blackspot [ˈblækspɒt] npoint m noiraccident insurance nassurance f accidentsaccident prone accident-prone [ˈæksɪdəntprəʊn] adjsujet(te) aux accidents
He's very accident-prone
BUT Il lui arrive toujours des malheurs.

accidentally

adv (= by chance)zufällig; (= unintentionally)versehentlich; accidentally on purpose (hum)versehentlich-absichtlich (hum)

accidentally

[ˌæksɪˈdɛntəlɪ] adv (by chance) → per caso; (unintentionally) → senza volere, inavvertitamente
accidentally on purpose (fam) → di proposito, ma senza darlo a vedere

accident

(ˈӕksidənt) noun
1. an unexpected happening, often harmful, causing injury etc. There has been a road accident.
2. chance. I met her by accident.
ˌacciˈdental (-ˈden-) adjective
happening by chance or accident. an accidental discovery.
ˌacciˈdentally (-ˈden-) adverb

accidentally

بالصُدْفَة náhodně ved et tilfælde versehentlich τυχαία accidentalmente vahingossa accidentellement slučajno accidentalmente 偶然に 우연히 toevallig ved et uhell przypadkowo acidentalmente случайно av en händelse โดยบังเอิญ kazara một cách tình cờ 偶然地
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Edna had had an occasional girl friend, but whether accidentally or not, they seemed to have been all of one type--the self-contained.
The very slightness of the defense was its chief merit, for no one thought of disturbing a mass of brush, which all of them believed, in that moment of hurry and confusion, had been accidentally raised by the hands of their own party.
About this time my brother, Squire Boon, with another adventurer, who came to explore the country shortly after us, was wandering through the forest, determined to find me, if possible, and accidentally found our camp.
A few more footsteps to and fro; and here, at last,--with another pitiful sigh, like a gust of chill, damp wind out of a long-closed vault, the door of which has accidentally been set, ajar--here comes Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon
Now and then, too, the long-drawn crowing of a cock, accidentally awakened, would sound far, far off, from some farmhouse away among the hills--but it was like a dreaming sound in his ear.
There was so obviously no one else that the next moment I had lost my impression of her having accidentally said more than she meant; and I merely asked what I wanted to know.
Some centuries ago, when the Sperm whale was almost wholly unknown in his own proper individuality, and when his oil was only accidentally obtained from the stranded fish; in those days spermaceti, it would seem, was popularly supposed to be derived from a creature identical with the one then known in England as the Greenland or Right Whale.
Because the greatest necessity for so doing would seem to be, when in feeding he accidentally takes in water.
His white handkerchief was hanging out of his pocket behind, as usual on Sundays -- accidentally.
Elmer Webster stepped on one of mine yesterday when I accidentally had it out in the aisle, and when he apologized after class, he said he wasn't so much to blame, for the foot was so little he really couldn't see it
It is so long since I have seen her, except now and then for a moment accidentally in town
Dashwood, accidentally taking up a volume of Shakespeare, exclaimed,