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incidentally

[in-si-den-tl-ee or for 1, -dent-lee] /ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl i or for 1, -ˈdɛnt li/
adverb
1.
apart or aside from the main subject of attention, discussion, etc.; by the way; parenthetically.
2.
in an incidental manner.
Origin of incidentally
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; incidental + -ly
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incidentally

/ˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəlɪ/
adverb
1.
as a subordinate or chance occurrence
2.
(sentence modifier) by the way
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Word Origin and History for incidentally
adv.

1520s, "by the way, casually;" see incidental + -ly (2). Sense of "as a new but related point" attested by 1925.

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