from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb As a minor or subordinate matter.
  • adverb Apart from the main subject; parenthetically.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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incidental +‎ -ly


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