Definition of happenstance
: a circumstance especially that is due to chance They came together by mere happenstance.
Examples of happenstance in a Sentence
Our meeting was pure happenstance.
We met each other by happenstance.
It was an agreeable happenstance that we met.
Recent Examples of happenstance from the Web
The 26-page report from District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III provided a detailed account of how Long ambushed the three law enforcement officers by happenstance outside a convenience store.
The Lutzenkirchens see a Philip wink on the Plains, where happenstance has brought their son's high school coach together at Auburn with the player Philip influenced most during his brief coaching career.
These happenstance meetings turned out to have some historical importance.
Using test scores or even humans to assess teachers is too vulnerable to factors out of teachers’ control, like poverty, curriculum, leadership or happenstance.
Some of it was happenstance to get that bid to WNIT.
But everyone has to tread carefully, not least the Democrats, who by happenstance are far more competent and responsible than the president and his ruling party.
But Brewers closer Corey Knebel did not enter with 51 strikeouts in 28 innings by happenstance.
Mr. Zuckerberg travels on a chartered private plane and has a small staff at both Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative coordinating his trips, though some occur by happenstance.
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Origin and Etymology of happenstance
happen + circumstance
First Known Use: 1857See Words from the same year
HAPPENSTANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of happenstance for English Language Learners
: something that happens by chance
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