happenstance


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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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