Definition of coincidence
2 : the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection … causal connection requires something more than mere coincidence as to time and place … — Wayne R. LaFave; also : any of these occurrences
Examples of coincidence in a Sentence
It was mere coincidence that brought them together so far from Chicago.
By coincidence, every man in the room was named Fred.
“I'm going to Boston this weekend.” “What a coincidence! I am too.”
It was no coincidence that he quit his job at the bank a day after the robbery.
a series of strange coincidences
By a fortunate coincidence, we arrived at the theater at the same time.
Scientists have no explanation for the coincidence of these phenomena.
Recent Examples of coincidence from the Web
The coincidence in timing for Trump’s news conference couldn’t have been written better by a Hollywood scriptwriter.
By coincidence, not long after Knight gave up his license, California consumer advocates began noticing a pattern in medical board cases.
The Feb. 12 shooting appears to have resulted from a series of tragic coincidences.
Any connection between the two is coincidence or superstition.
The book’s ambitious scope entails some creaky coincidences, but Kerney’s insights are rewarding.
That an arts scene was emerging during a time of feverish change was not a coincidence.
Coincidence or not, the plaintiffs in that case are seeking from Harvard exactly what the Unz slate wants: disclosure of data showing how the university’s freshman class is selected each year.
Hermetic gifts are those fertile coincidences that lead to creation, not chaos.
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Origin and Etymology of coincidence
borrowed from Medieval Latin coincidentia, derivative of coincident-, coincidens, present participle of coincidere “to agree in nature, coincide”
First Known Use: 1605
COINCIDENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coincidence for English Language Learners
: a situation in which events happen at the same time in a way that is not planned or expected
: the occurrence of two or more things at the same time
: the state of two or more things being the same
COINCIDENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of coincidence for Students
1 : a situation in which things happen at the same time without planning It was a coincidence that we chose the same week for vacation.
2 : a condition of coming together in space or time The coincidence of the two events was eerie.
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