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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
References in classic literature ?
One evening, as he wandered through the suburbs with his whole attention fixed on the sky, he fell accidentally into a deep well.
I have not," replied the Retraction; "we have accidentally met.
But (they say) a certain Cephalus, the son of Deion, an Athenian, who owned a hound which no beast ever escaped, had accidentally killed his wife Procris, and being purified of the homicide by the Cadmeans, hunted the fox with his hound, and when they had overtaken it both hound and fox were turned into stones near Teumessus.
My diary informs me, that I was accidentally passing Aunt Verinder's house in Montagu Square, on Monday, 3rd July, 1848.
Looking at the letter again, after an interval, my eyes fell accidentally on a sentence near the end, which surprised and startled me.
Had they not met accidentally, there would not have been any warning.
If his eyes accidentally met hers, the blood rushed into his cheeks, and his countenance became all over scarlet.
And this reminds me that certain Englishmen, who long ago were accidentally left in Greenland by a whaling vessel --that these men actually lived for several months on the mouldy scraps of whales which had been left ashore after trying out the blubber.
I have done with our performances forever; and I wish to be set free from everything which might accidentally connect me with them in the future.
A short Conversation between Augusta and her Brother, which I accidentally overheard encreased my dislike to her, and convinced me that her Heart was no more formed for the soft ties of Love than for the endearing intercourse of Freindship.
It was not accidentally, Natasha felt, that he alluded, when speaking of the highest aristocracy, to an ambassador's ball he had attended, and to invitations he had received from N.
Of course you may put it that way," was the reply; "but, seriously, I once threw over a most charming girl on learning quite accidentally that she had suffered amputation of a toe.