Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. As a minor or subordinate matter: by profession a lawyer and incidentally a musician.
  • adv. Apart from the main subject; parenthetically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an incidental manner; not of central or critical importance.
  • adv. By chance; in an unplanned way.
  • adv. Parenthetically, by the way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an incidental manner; as an incident; casually.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. of a minor or subordinate nature
  • adv. introducing a different topic; in point of fact

Etymologies

incidental +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is a title incidentally which, in the political sense, might well be applied to modern Turkey as a whole.

    A lord in Europa Minor

  • That front leaf, incidentally, is about as wide as my head.

    Insert amusing Twitter-related title here.

  • This, incidentally, is an international bank headquartered (or at least once headquartered) in the Basque industrial city of Bilbao, Spain.

    Page 2

  • Readers will note that they not only sell it in quantities most especially useful for parish churches, but also in smaller quantities for those who wish to burn incense at home -- which, incidentally, is a practice which can be very condusive to setting a climate of prayer, or to mark a feast day.

    Prinknash Abbey

  • Paul Theroux: Thor-ew (which, incidentally, is different to Henry Thoreau which is pronounced like 'thorough')

    An Interview with Paul Theroux

  • Nostalgia, incidentally, is an emotion I'm very interested in these days.

    A Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro about Never Let Me Go

  • St. Michael's, incidentally, is now the home of the priest who instigated a simple but handsome renovation at Visitation Catholic Church while he was pastor there, and which we chronicled here some time back.

    Floridian Liturgical News

  • Byng (who incidentally is the brother of Georgia Byng, author of the Molly Moon books for children) estimates the series will be completed in 2038!

    A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong: Book summary

  • Let us support our monasteries -- and one way other day-to-day way to do that incidentally, is to purchase the products which these monasteries produce to help support these monasteries financially.

    Monastic Retreat in County Waterford: Thoughts on Fostering the Monastic and Liturgical Life

  • By Rupa Gulab who, incidentally is not blushing furiously, but rolling on the floor with mirth.

    Archive 2009-08-01

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