In an accidental way unexpectedly by opportunity unintentionally casually fortuitously maybe not really
- of a small or subordinate nature
- without intention; in an unintentional fashion
- without advance planning
- In an accidental fashion; unexpectedly; by possibility; accidentally; casually; luckily; not essentially.
late 14c., "non-essentially," also "unnaturally," from accidental + -ly (2). Meaning "unintentionally" is recorded from 1580s; phrase accidentally purposely is taped from 1862.
(adv.) In an accidental way; unexpectedly; by chance; accidentally; casually; luckily; perhaps not basically.
In 1770 the miners accidentally discovered a complete gallery, which has been driven many hundred yards into the bed of coal, branching into thirty-six chambers dressed quite square, and in a workman-like manner.