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1. The action, fact, or instance of occurring: The occurrence of snow is rare in these parts.
2. Something that takes place; an event or incident: worrisome occurrences.

oc·cur′rent adj.
Synonyms: occurrence, happening, event, incident, episode
These nouns refer to something that takes place or comes to pass. Occurrence and happening are the most general: an everyday occurrence; a happening of no great importance. Event usually signifies a notable occurrence: world events reported on the evening news. "Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves" (Victoria).
Incident may apply to a minor occurrence: an incident that was blown out of proportion in the press. The term may also refer to a distinct event of sharp identity and significance: an incident that changed scientists' understanding of the phenomenon. An episode is an incident in the course of a progression or within a larger sequence: "Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain" (Thomas Hardy).


(Philosophy) philosophy (of a property) relating to some observable feature of its bearer. Compare disposition4
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.occurrent - an event that happensoccurrent - an event that happens    
event - something that happens at a given place and time
accompaniment, concomitant, co-occurrence, attendant - an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
avalanche - a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
treat - an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight
miracle - any amazing or wonderful occurrence
marvel, wonder - something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of modern science"
thing - an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
episode - a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
contingence, contingency, eventuality - a possible event or occurrence or result
beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
one-off - a happening that occurs only once and is not repeated
periodic event, recurrent event - an event that recurs at intervals
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
computer error, error - (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
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"
fire - the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
incident - a single distinct event
discharge - the sudden giving off of energy
case, instance, example - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
failure - an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure"
success - an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
appearance - the event of coming into sight
destiny, fate - an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
disappearance - the event of passing out of sight
disappearance - ceasing to exist; "he regretted the disappearance of Greek from school curricula"; "what was responsible for the disappearance of the rainforest?"; "the disappearance of resistance at very low temperatures"
impinging, striking, contact - the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"
collapse - a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
break, interruption - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
union - the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts; "lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"
news event - a newsworthy event
flash - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
convergence - the occurrence of two or more things coming together
juncture, occasion - an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
flare-up, outburst, burst - a sudden intense happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning"
outbreak, irruption, eruption - a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities"
setback, reversal, reverse, black eye, blow - an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
Adj.1.occurrent - presently occurring (either causally or incidentally); "technical terms are rarely occurrent in literature"
current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"
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6 COUNT AND RATE OF POISONING DEATHS, UTAH, 2006-2015 Year Occurrent Occurrent Rx Occurrent Rx poisoning deaths drug deaths opioid deaths 2006 416 308 280 2007 478 371 326 2008 430 321 289 2009 420 306 272 2010 369 278 236 2011 444 306 246 2012 536 327 268 2013 531 354 274 2014 531 363 301 2015 566 357 282 Source: Utah Department of Health, Prescription Opioid Deaths, 2015.
This is crucial for identifying exactly what is at issue in debates over the immunity thesis that, roughly, all introspection-based beliefs about one's own occurrent psychological states are immune to error through misidentification.
Summary of relationships in selected epistemological viewpoints Mental (Sensory Induced) Occurrent (Aware of) Basis Perceived, Sense Experience Empiricism A posteriori; Observation (including introspection, feelings (B)), experiments (C), or experience (D).
a man may not only lawfully, but ought also to practise it in many cases occurrent in these our dayes, if he cannot otherwise auoide such inconueniences as may ofte insew to himself or to his neighbour" (Treatise 46).
are not ideologically committed or institutionally suited to search for the meaning of constitutional values, but instead see their primary function in terms of registering the actual, occurrent preferences of the people.
To make this objection clearer, we need to introduce a distinction between standing and occurrent desires.
Massumi B (2011) Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts.
There are certainly desires, emotions, and beliefs that deserve to be thought of as merely occurrent states of mind.
And it is around this once occurrent point that all once-occurrent Being is arranged in a once- occurrent and never-repeatable manner.
Indeed, what it is to be a "teacher and learner in the occurrent sense is a function of the different locations which actors may occupy at different times in this interplay as they respond freely and responsibly within it" (241).
In the N-state, the subject has an occurrent belief that the objective self will die (realizing the first of the two dispositions).
SUMMARY: How should we characterize the nature of conscious occurrent thought?