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Accidentally

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Accide'ntally. adv. [from accidental.]

  1. After an accidental manner; nonessentially.

    Other needful points of public matters, no less concerning the good of the commonwealth, though but accidentally depending upon the former. Spenser's State of Ireland.

    I conclude choler accidentally better, and acrimonious, but not in itself. Harvey on Consumptions.

  2. Casually, fortuitously.

    Although virtuous men do sometimes accidentally make their way to preferment, yet the world is so corrupted, that no man can reasonably hope to be rewarded in it, merely upon account of his virtue. Swift's Miscellanies.

Sources: Harvey, Gideon (42) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Accidentally." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1667.


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