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
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.
Whether through intent or happenstance, the disorganization at the company worked in Johnson's favor.
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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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