a chance occurrence
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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.
It clung to the false memory, preferring it to more literal happenstance.
What is wrong is the idea that his discoveries were simply happenstance.
It was a potentially important discovery, but in part a result of happenstance.
These are people who owe their lives and futures as much to random happenstance as to an actual plan.
Happenstance brought him to this broiling desert for his victory lap.
Happenstance tends to play an enormous role in landing this kind of work.
Part of the storyteller's art has always been to conceal potent meanings and implications behind the artifice of happenstance.
These happenstance meetings are the interpersonal equivalents of meteor showers.
But he conceded that the suggestiveness was the product of happenstance and not official conduct.
Planned with characteristic meticulousness, this bold venture was also the result of happenstance.
By design and happenstance, the students participate in a host of activities.
Yet there are reasons to think that the education-income relationship is not mere happenstance.
Compliance with the spirit and letter of the law is too important to us as citizens to leave to happenstance.
Happenstance recognizes that being in the right place at the right time is important.
As the string of rattle segments elongates it is periodically broken off by happenstance.
Many engineers have such happenstance stories on how they entered engineering.