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.
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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