Definition of accidentally in English:



  • By chance; inadvertently.

    ‘his gun went off accidentally’
    ‘accidentally knocked the vase over’
    • ‘David walks over to his car, and Paul accidentally drops his car keys on the ground.’
    • ‘Going home from work in Oxford last night I accidentally got on the Bristol train by mistake.’
    • ‘I don't know if she accidentally picked up the phone or deliberately did that.’
    • ‘However, it may have been brought about by a short circuit or a fire started accidentally by a passenger.’
    • ‘How many presents have you accidentally thrown out in that pile of discarded wrapping paper this year?’
    • ‘Alex gets up to go, turns around to kiss Susan, and accidentally hits her on the nose.’
    • ‘One of the workers accidentally put a bag of caustic soda crystals into the tank instead of soda crystals.’
    • ‘He was also left paralysed for a week after an injection to take fluid from his spine accidentally hit a nerve.’
    • ‘Fire officers believe the blaze started when one of the dogs accidentally knocked the cooker hob on.’
    • ‘The system will not even wipe credit cards if they are accidentally placed on the pad.’
    • ‘A master of the tea ceremony in old Japan once accidentally slighted a soldier.’
    • ‘It is believed the power cut was caused when a workman accidentally cut through an underground cable.’
    • ‘Very drunk, he accidentally pushed her with his kit bag, knocking her off the path and into the river Cam.’
    • ‘He lost his right eye two years ago when he was accidentally hit in the face with a hurley during a club game.’
    • ‘I suppose everyone who worked with horses will have had their foot accidentally stepped on.’
    • ‘The site was accidentally miscategorized when it was initially entered into our database.’
    • ‘The fire had started accidentally when fat from the chip pan caught alight.’
    • ‘The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but it is thought to have started accidentally.’
    • ‘Police said it was not clear whether the gunman shot his victim deliberately or accidentally.’
    • ‘Nine-year-old Tilly went missing two weeks ago after a door was accidentally left open.’
    fortuitously, by accident, by chance, by a mere chance, by a twist of fate, adventitiously, as luck would have it, by a fluke, flukily, coincidentally, by coincidence, serendipitously
    by a happy chance, by good fortune, by a piece of luck
    unintentionally, inadvertently, involuntarily, unpremeditatedly, unthinkingly
    unwittingly, unknowingly, unconsciously, subconsciously, unawares
    by mistake, mistakenly, misguidedly
    by happenstance
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