accidentally

(redirected from accidental)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to accidental: Accidental sampling

accidentally on purpose

Seemingly unintentionally but actually deliberately. Sometimes hyphenated. Paula is pretty shy, so I think she forgot to attend the party accidentally on purpose.
See also: accidentally, on, purpose

on purpose

With deliberate intention; not accidentally. I bet you he left his report card here on purpose so we would compliment him on his grades. I don't understand—why would you run into the bumper of another car on purpose? Did you do it on purpose, or was it an accident?
See also: on, purpose

accidentally-on-purpose

Inf. deliberate, but meant to look like an accident. Then, I accidentally-on-purpose spilled water on him.

on purpose

intentionally; in a way that is meant or intended; not an accident. The bully stepped on my foot on purpose. Jealously, Jimmy destroyed Billy's sand castle on purpose.
See also: on, purpose

on purpose

1. Deliberately, intentionally, as in He left the photo out of the story on purpose. Shakespeare's use of this idiom was among the earliest; it appears in The Comedy of Errors (4:3): "On purpose shut the doors against his way."
2. accidentally on purpose. Seemingly accidentally but actually deliberately, as in She stepped on his foot accidentally on purpose. This generally jocular phrase was first recorded in 1862.
See also: on, purpose

accidentally on purpose

apparently by accident but in fact intentionally. humorous
See also: accidentally, on, purpose

acciˌdentally on ˈpurpose

(informal, ironic) intending to do something, but wanting to appear to have done it by accident: ‘We’d just finished our meal when John realized he’d accidentally left his chequebook at home.’ ‘Accidentally on purpose, you mean!’
See also: accidentally, on, purpose

on ˈpurpose

deliberately: He took the worst jobs he could find on purpose, and then wrote a book about his experiences.Don’t shout at me like that. I didn’t break it on purpose.
See also: on, purpose

accidentally-on-purpose

mod. deliberate, but meant to look like an accident. Then I accidentally-on-purpose spilled water on him.

on purpose

Intentionally; deliberately.
See also: on, purpose
References in periodicals archive ?
Complete analysis of the report regarding the accidental death and dismemberment insurance sectors can be useful while guessing its prospects.
"Accidental chairman's party has turned Sindh into hub of HIV-AIDS, Thar has become valley of death for the people and heaps of garbage in Karachi speaks volumes about PPP and its leadership's commitment towards masses", he remarked.
In the opening paragraphs of The Accidentals, Olivia tell us: "Listen hard now, and you can tell what they're saying.
The most common cause of accidental house fires in Coventry is cooking.
Figures released by the Welsh Government this week showed that 433 accidental fires in the home were recorded in North Wales in 2016/17, compared to 385 the previous 12 months.
Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh reiterated that the Government of Sindh is making continuous efforts for providing welfare and benefit to the people, especially the ones who have to bear with the burden of losing a bread winning family member to accidental causes.
The accidental firing, first reported by the school's student newspaper, happened Wednesday evening at Integrity Hall, a co-ed dorm for upperclassmen on the Stephenville campus.
"The outcome of the incident was horrific, the incident itself could not be described as horrific, more accidental."
Through the impugned order, the appellant has been directed to pay a sum of Rs.500,000 to the petitioners on account of accidental death benefits.
A duck hunting protester in Australia was attempting to rescue ducks from certain death by wading out in front of hunters A low flyer was skimming across the water when a teen rose up to shoot and the woman took a forehead full of pellets Julia Symons, a member of the Coalition Against Duck Hunting, was the "victim." The story went on to say that the shooting was accidental, but what we don't understand is how can a woman who walks out in front of a group of armed men and gets shot be ruled "accidental." We think it should be catalogued as an act of God--and for the record, we suspect the Big Guy is also a duck hunter.
The cases emphasise the implementation of safety measurements which may prevent the occurrence of accidental hanging in children.
Dam Protections Against Overtopping and Accidental Leakage; proceedings