Definitions for coincidencekoʊˈɪn sɪ dəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•in•ci•dencekoʊˈɪn sɪ dəns(n.)

  1. a striking occurrence by mere chance of two or more events at one time:

    Our meeting was pure coincidence.

  2. the act, fact, or condition of coinciding.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coincidence, happenstance(noun)

    an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental

  2. coincidence(noun)

    the quality of occupying the same position or area in space

    "he waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs"

  3. concurrence, coincidence, conjunction, co-occurrence(noun)

    the temporal property of two things happening at the same time

    "the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. coincidence(noun)ʊˈɪn sɪ dəns

    a situation when things surprisingly happen at the same time or in the same way

    Was it a coincidence that they came to live in the same town?; the power of coincidence; The timing of the two events was purely coincidental.; Coincidentally, Mark was there too.


  1. coincidence(Noun)

    Of objects, the property of being coincident; occurring at the same time or place.

  2. coincidence(Noun)

    Of events, the appearance of a meaningful connection when there is none.

  3. coincidence(Noun)

    A coincidence point.

  4. Origin: coincide + -ence

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coincidence(noun)

    the condition of occupying the same place in space; as, the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc

  2. Coincidence(noun)

    the condition or fact of happening at the same time; as, the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

  3. Coincidence(noun)

    exact correspondence in nature, character, result, circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement


  1. Coincidence

    A coincidence is a collection of two or more events or conditions, closely related by time, space, form, or other associations which appear unlikely to bear a relationship as either cause to effect or effects of a shared cause, within the observer's or observers' understanding of what cause can produce what effects. The word is derived from the Latin cum- and incidere. In science, the term is generally used in a more literal translation, e.g., referring to when two rays of light strike a surface at the same point at the same time. In this usage of coincidence, there is no implication that the alignment of events is surprising, noteworthy or non-causal. From a statistical perspective, coincidences are inevitable and often less remarkable than they may appear intuitively. An example is the birthday problem, where the probability of two individuals sharing a birthday already exceeds 50% with a group of only 23.

Translations for coincidence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) accidental happening of one event at the same time as another

By a strange coincidence we were both on the same train.

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