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
Coincidence, more grist for the global warming mill or merely a climatological rarity from the wonderful world of wild wacky weather?
While researching the production of each card, Maresca discovered that all of the cabinet cards were photographed in Wisconsin —the reason behind this peculiar coincidence remains a mystery.
With both Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon off the list, NBC got shut out, which could be pointed, or could just be a coincidence.
This response, which is independent of the amount of food in the gut, shows that the peristaltic movement of oxygen is an adaptation, rather than just a coincidence.
Apple's decision to move there is likely no coincidence.
In a delightful coincidence, the duo was together when they were informed they will be honored next year by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Reuters • Stock Markets Slide on Oil Patch Coincidence or not, Salman’s ascension comes at a time when the world oil market, and Saudi’s strategy for keeping it stable, is in disarray.
There’s a happy coincidence of themes between the National Portrait Gallery's display of the Piri photograph and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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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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