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coincidence

[koh-in-si-duh ns] /koʊˈɪn sɪ dəns/
noun
1.
a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance:
Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
2.
the condition or fact of coinciding.
3.
an instance of this.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; coincid(ent) + -ence
Related forms
noncoincidence, noun
precoincidence, noun
supercoincidence, noun
Synonyms
1. accident, luck, fate.
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British Dictionary definitions for co-incidence

coincidence

/kəʊˈɪnsɪdəns/
noun
1.
a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected
2.
the fact, condition, or state of coinciding
3.
(modifier) (electronics) of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified interval: coincidence gate Compare anticoincidence
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Word Origin and History for co-incidence

coincidence

n.

c.1600, "exact correspondence," from French coincidence, from coincider (see coincide). Meaning "a concurrence of events with no apparent connection" is from 1680s.

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