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
It’s no coincidence that all these companies are eyeing Seattle as a launchpad for stationless bike share.
By coincidence, Trump and Corbyn have each been married three times.
In a strange coincidence, Jamey was born 10 weeks premature when Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in 2015.
As A-ma said, every story, every dream, every waking minute of our lives is filled with one fateful coincidence after another.
Call it karma or coincidence, but Costes ended up reaching first base on a walk.
The symbolism may have been a coincidence, but was powerful nonetheless.
This is more than just a coincidence or a fan theory, though.
The coincidence in timing for Trump’s news conference couldn’t have been written better by a Hollywood scriptwriter.
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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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