- in an incidental manner; as something less important but associated
- as a new but related point; by the way
- An example of incidentally is when you discover that someone is pregnant only because you are conducting a medical exam for something else and happen to check for pregnancy.
- An example of incidentally is what you might say to your friend after you have just made the point that your friend is always late; "Incidentally, you were an hour late today."
Incidentally is defined as a new, but related, point or something that is less important.
- As a minor or subordinate matter: by profession a lawyer and incidentally a musician.
- Apart from the main subject; parenthetically.
(comparative more incidentally, superlative most incidentally)
incidental + -ly
- Aristotle, Haller, Harvey, Kielmeyer, Autenrieth, and many others have either made this observation incidentally, or, especially the latter, have drawn particular attention to it, and drawn therefrom results of permanent importance for physiology."
- The scheme included a railway tunnel beneath the dam, for which, incidentally, a high military importance was claimed.
- The Roman jurists say little, and only incidentally, as to sovereignty.
- Tin which has been thus manipulated and proved incidentally to be very pure is sold as grain tin.
- We hear incidentally of disputes, seditions and changes, among others the expulsion of the Gamori early in the 5th century B.C. (Thuc. v.