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hap·pen·stance

 (hăp′ən-stăns′)
n.
A chance circumstance: "I drove loops around the nearby parish school ... hoping to bump into her casually and claim it was mere happenstance" (Hart Seely).

happenstance

(ˈhæpənˌstæns)
n
1. chance
2. a chance occurrence

hap•pen•stance

(ˈhæp ənˌstæns)

n.
a chance happening or event.
[1895–1900; happen + (circum) stance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.happenstance - an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
chance event, fortuity, accident, stroke - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"

happenstance

noun
An unexpected random event:
Translations

happenstance

[ˈhæpənstæns] N (US) → casualidad f
by happenstancepor casualidad

happenstance

n (inf)Zufall m; by happenstancedurch Zufall, zufällig

happenstance

[ˈhæpnˌstæns] n (Am) (fam) → combinazione f
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Beginning with an introduction on early amateur experimentation, the book focuses not on scientific developments but on the social factors and accidental happenstances that led to the discovery of shortwave--previously believed to have poor propagation--as a useful medium.
However, by using the metacognitive strategies of self-assessment, self-questioning, and seeing themselves as empowered actors in their own lives, people might turn those happenstances into meaningful experiences that give them direction.
To be invited to Brussels for one's first solo exhibition when one was born and bred in Tennessee and lives hi New York is one of the odd happenstances that always seem to befall Josh Smith, a young painter who for several years now has mostly painted a single subject: his name.