happenstance

noun hap·pen·stance \ ˈha-pən-ˌstan(t)s , ˈha-pᵊm- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of happenstance

: a circumstance especially that is due to chance
  • They came together by mere happenstance.

happenstance

adjective

Examples of happenstance in a Sentence

  1. Our meeting was pure happenstance.

  2. We met each other by happenstance.

  3. It was an agreeable happenstance that we met.

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Origin and Etymology of happenstance

happen + circumstance


HAPPENSTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

happenstance

noun

Definition of happenstance for English Language Learners

  • : something that happens by chance



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