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coincidental

[koh-in-si-den-tl] /koʊˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl/
adjective
1.
happening by or resulting from coincidence; by chance:
a coincidental meeting.
2.
existing or occurring at the same time.
Origin of coincidental
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; coincident + -al1
Related forms
coincidentally, coincidently
[koh-in-si-duh nt-lee] /koʊˈɪn sɪ dənt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
noncoincidental, adjective
noncoincidentally, adverb
uncoincidental, adjective
uncoincidentally, adverb
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Examples from the Web for coincidentally
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  • coincidentally appears something else that may overthrow it later.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • coincidentally was the announcement that she was going in for light opera.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • coincidentally, unobserved but observant, Barouffski was also passing that way.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • coincidentally the political power of the Sumerians came to an end.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • For, coincidentally with the development of the shack, the builders became something more than partners.

    Penrod and Sam Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for coincidentally

coincidentally

/kəʊˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəlɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) by a coincidence; fortuitously

coincidental

/kəʊˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of or happening by a coincidence; fortuitous
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Word Origin and History for coincidentally
adv.

1837, from coincidental + -ly (2).

coincidental

adj.

c.1800, from coincident + -al (1).

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