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by accident


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by accident
     1. adv. 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. adv. 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. adv. 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.
     4. adj. 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
           The victim's death was by accident.
           That the injury was by accident is not questioned.
     1. prep. Near or next to.
           The mailbox is by the bus stop.
     2. prep. At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.
           Be back by ten o'clock!  We will send it by the first week of July.
     3. prep. Indicates the actor in a clause with its verb in the passive voice: Through the action or presence of.
     1. n. An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.
           to die by an accident
     2. n. (transport, vehicle) Especially, a collision or similar unintended event that causes damage or death.
           There was a huge accident on I5 involving 15 automobiles.
           My insurance went up after the second accident in three months.

Example Sentences

Such dividends may in time emerge, by design or by accident
Let me guess, did he step on your toes by accident, then buy you a cup of coffee, by way of apology? 
We can't write much about them for legal reasons, but there are one or two cases going through the system which, by accident or otherwise, have zeroed in on some exceptionally hot sources of information. 

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