Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a way that was not designed; as an unexpected consequence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an undesigned manner; without design or intention.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

undesigned +‎ -ly

Examples

  • A little error of the eye, a misguidance of the hand, a slip of the foot, a starting of an horse, a sudden mist, or a great shower, or a word undesignedly cast forth in an army, has turned the stream of victory from one side to another, and thereby disposed of the fortunes of empires and whole nations.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. II.

  • If I am mistaken, it is undesignedly, which is sufficient to absolve me of all criminal error; and if I am right, reason, which is common to us both, shall decide.

    Paras. 1-50

  • Bishop then came undesignedly sidling in the direction of the sideboard.

    Little Dorrit

  • It was horrible to think that I had provided the weapon, however undesignedly, but I could hardly think otherwise.

    Great Expectations

  • Absolution for having committed homicide in self-defence, or undesignedly, ninety-five livres.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • So that the question undesignedly became, whether there were five persons in the Divinity — three in heaven and two for Jesus Christ upon earth; or four persons, reckoning Christ upon earth as only one; or three persons, considering Christ only as God.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In England, however, see how different the case is: and designedly or undesignedly, the artist has opened to us a piece of his mind.

    George Cruikshank

  • Indeed he had cunning enough to give me, undesignedly, a piece of instruction which taught me this caution; for he had said in conversation once, ‘That if a man could not make a woman in courtship own herself pleased with him, it was as much and oftentimes more to his purpose to make her angry with him.’

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But, however that is to be, we have all laid our heads together, and are determined, for your delicacy — sake, to let this matter take its course; since, after an opening so undesignedly warm, you might otherwise imagine our solicitude in the affair capable of beiny thought too urgent.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • And as I had near opened the door, he threw himself on his knees to me against it, and undesignedly hurt my finger with the lock.

    Sir Charles Grandison

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.