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[uh-kur-uh ns, uh-kuhr-] /əˈkɜr əns, əˈkʌr-/
the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
something that happens; event; incident:
We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.
Origin of occurrence
1530-40; occurr(ent) + -ence; compare Medieval Latin occurrentia
Related forms
occurrent, adjective
preoccurrence, noun
reoccurrence, noun
2. circumstance. See event. Unabridged
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  • Such deepseated and strong statements are rarely isolated occurrences, but candid reflections of one's personal world view.
British Dictionary definitions for occurrences


something that occurs; a happening; event
the act or an instance of occurring: a crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for occurrences



1530s, from Middle French occurrence "unexpected happening" or directly from Medieval Latin occurrentia, from Latin occurentem (nominative occurens), present participle of occurrere (see occur).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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