a chance happening or event.

1895–1900; happen + (circum)stance

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happenstance (ˈhæpənˌstæns)
1.  chance
2.  a chance occurrence

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Example sentences
Happenstance also caused that train to collide with actual news events.
The pressure of the elections and happenstance have brought it to fruition.
Much more believable than a happenstance meteor strike that picked out which
  species to eliminate and which to keep.
They succeeded, partly by design and partly by happenstance.
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