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happenstance

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noun hap·pen·stance \ˈha-pən-ˌstan(t)s, ˈha-pəm-\

Simple Definition of happenstance

  • : something that happens by chance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of happenstance

  1. :  a circumstance especially that is due to chance

happenstance

adjective

Examples of happenstance in a sentence

  1. Our meeting was pure happenstance.

  2. We met each other by happenstance.

  3. It was an agreeable happenstance that we met.



Origin and Etymology of happenstance

happen + circumstance


First Known Use: 1897


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