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inadvertently (adverb) unintentionally; accidentally.
When you do something inadvertently you do it unintentionally. You do it without realizing that you are dong it. When in a crowded place you step on someone’s toes without your knowing that you are doing it, you do it inadvertently.
- The newspaper in its issue today regretted the mixing up of the president’s photo with that of the governor in its yesterday’s issue, stating that the error was made inadvertently.
- It was purely inadvertently that he left the office without the boss’s permission. Only at the restaurant did he remember that he had not informed his boos of his leaving.