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happenstance

[hap-uh n-stans] /ˈhæp ənˌstæns/
noun
1.
a chance happening or event.
Origin of happenstance
1895-1900
1895-1900; happen + (circum)stance
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  • But the happenstance habits of nature were steadily being integrated into the control program of man.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • The German was just a happenstance, a castaway in the war for Arzachel.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Out of the chaos of happenstance they were finding rules of order, certain formulas of behavior, equations of force.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • This is contrasted to happenstance decision making based on impulsiveness and wishful thinking.

  • As for deceased, his ontimely evaporation that a-way is but the frootes of happenstance.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for happenstance

happenstance

/ˈhæpənˌstæns/
noun
1.
chance
2.
a chance occurrence
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Word Origin and History for happenstance
n.

1897, from happening + ending from circumstance.

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