coincidence

noun
co·​in·​ci·​dence | \ kō-ˈin(t)-sə-dən(t)s How to pronounce coincidence (audio) , -sə-ˌden(t)s\

Definition of coincidence

1 : the act or condition of coinciding : correspondence … a perfect coincidence between truth and goodness …— Robert South
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The similarity in style to Warren Central was no coincidence. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana All-Stars dominate Kentucky boys with 33-point win," 7 June 2019 What if, instead of just 10 months in charge, Moyes was allowed to see out his full six-year contract which - coincidence! - is set to finally expire on July 1st, 2019. SI.com, "Moyesian Utopia: Scripting an Alternate Reality Where Man Utd Didn't Sack David Moyes," 26 June 2019 But June 17th is not sanctified in political memory, and the Egyptian state media didn’t mention the coincidence of Morsi dying on this date. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 June 2019 The fact that our family makes sweets is a coincidence. Innan Sasaki, Quartz at Work, "How to build a business that will last centuries," 10 June 2019 This cosmic coincidence has happened twice so far this year, and the third and final one arrives in March. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Equinox supermoon, and more can't-miss sky shows in March," 1 Mar. 2019 The fact that blush is also The Webster’s signature shade is a nice coincidence. Emily Farra, Vogue, "French Label L/Uniform Is Bringing Its Cheery, Monogrammable Bags to New York," 10 May 2019 It’s no coincidence the program takes place during Earth Month: Target works with a partner, Waste Management, to ensure the older car seats are properly recycled. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Here's When Target's Popular Car Seat Trade-In Event Is Happening," 9 Apr. 2019 On Wednesday this column noted the interesting coincidence that lightly taxed Nashville has been enjoying a population boom. James Freeman, WSJ, "Make New York Grow Again," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of coincidence

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidence

borrowed from Medieval Latin coincidentia, derivative of coincident-, coincidens, present participle of coincidere "to agree in nature, coincide"

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The first known use of coincidence was in 1605

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coincidence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coincidence

: a situation in which events happen at the same time in a way that is not planned or expected
formal : the occurrence of two or more things at the same time
formal : the state of two or more things being the same

coincidence

noun
co·​in·​ci·​dence | \ kō-ˈin-sə-dəns How to pronounce coincidence (audio) \

Kids Definition of coincidence

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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