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by accident


    Adverb

    by accident ( comparative more by accident, superlative most by accident )

    1. Accidentally; unintentionally; without meaning to; as the result of an event not expected, aided, or designed by one's will .
      Sorry. I knocked over the vase by accident .
    2. As the result of some undesigned, unintended, unrelated, natural, or random occurrence; as the unexpected and unforeseen result of formerly unrelated factors .
      The car got totaled by accident; a giant snowdrift fell off the church roof .
      The only way that project still exists today is by accident; I thought we closed it years ago .
      The scholar thinks the quote and the parable were spoken on different occasions and only by accident were brought together here .
    3. By chance; unexpectedly; as the result of an unrelated series of events .
      I hadn't seen her for years, but I ran into her by accident at the store .
      She overheard the information by accident .

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    Adjective

    by accident ( comparative more by accident, superlative most by accident )

    1. Accidental; as the result of some unforeseen happening or series of events; unexpected; resulting from an event without the foresight, expectation, aid, or design of the person by whose agency it was caused; unintentional .
      The victim's death was by accident .
      That the injury was by accident is not questioned .