What does coincidence mean?

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koʊˈɪn sɪ dənsco·in·ci·dence

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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"


  1. coincidence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

  2. coincidence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

  3. coincidence(Noun)

    A coincidence point.

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coincidence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. concidence.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. concidence.]

  3. Coincidence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. concidence.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coincidence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coincidence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of coincidence in a Sentence

  1. Itay Glick:

    I don’t believe in coincidence, both USS The USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald were part of the 7th Fleet, there is a relationship between these two events and there may be a connection.

  2. Carl Alwmark:

    There are too many craters at this point for it just to be a coincidence, if we start finding even more of these larger craters, then you should start speculating about whether this [bombardment] could have had a profound impact on the evolution of Earth's biology.

  3. Tim Holbrook:

    The timing is beyond a coincidence, we are having an interest in RFRA at the time same-sex marriage is coming forward.

  4. Jeremy S. Anderson:

    There are two major products that come out of Berkeley LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.

  5. Hiroshi Kayukawa:

    It is sometimes known as 'Japan Blue', it just so happens to be the color of the Olympic logo for Tokyo 2020 so we find that a happy coincidence and we hope that deep indigo becomes the image color of Japan.

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