(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun An unexpected random event: accident, chance, fluke, fortuity, hap, happenstance, hazard. See CERTAIN, SURPRISE.

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  • happenchance — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: happen (I) + chance : happenstance * * * /hap euhn chans , chahns /, n. happenstance. [1875 80; HAPPEN + CHANCE] * * * happenchance see happenstance …   Useful english dictionary

  • happenchance — noun Date: 1876 happenstance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • happenchance — /hap euhn chans , chahns /, n. happenstance. [1875 80; HAPPEN + CHANCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • happenchance — noun A coincidental occurrence. Syn: happenstance …   Wiktionary

  • English words with uncommon properties — For the purposes of this article, any word which has appeared in a recognised general English dictionary published in the 20th century or later is considered a candidate. For interest, some archaic words, non standard words and proper names are… …   Wikipedia

  • happenstance — noun a) A chance or random event or circumstance. by happenstance b) The chance or random quality of an event or circumstance. <span style= font variant:small caps >James Bond:</span> Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three… …   Wiktionary

  • accident — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. mishap, injury, casualty; chance, fortuity. See adversity, occurrence. Ant., plan, design. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [An unexpected misfortune] Syn. mishap, mischance, setback, collision; see collision 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • chance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Fortuity Nouns 1. chance, accident, lot; fate, kismet, karma (See destiny); Lady Luck, [Dame] Fortune; luck, fortune, hap, hazard; contingency, adventure, fortuity; randomness, indetermination,… …   English dictionary for students

  • fluke — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. stroke of luck, accident; [lucky] break. See chance. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. stroke of luck, good fortune, windfall, *one in a million, *lucky strike, break, fortuity, godsend, serendipity,… …   English dictionary for students

  • hazard — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. danger, chance, risk, peril, gamble; accident, adventure, contingency. v. risk, venture, gamble. See rashness. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Danger] Syn. risk, peril, jeopardy; see danger . 2. [Luck] Syn.… …   English dictionary for students