What does coincidence mean?

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koʊˈɪn sɪ dənsco·in·ci·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coincidence, happenstancenoun

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

  2. coincidencenoun

    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-occurrencenoun

    the temporal property of two things happening at the same time

    "the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable"


  1. coincidencenoun

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

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

  2. coincidencenoun

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

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

  3. coincidencenoun

    A coincidence point.

    Etymology: coincide + -ence

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coincidencenoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. concidence.]

  2. Coincidencenoun

    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. Coincidencenoun

    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. Iris Harvey:

    It's no coincidence that this ruling came down on the same day the [Ohio] House heard testimony for a bill that would use taxpayer dollars to implement a costly, anti-abortion miseducation campaign in schools and the likely Senate committee vote for the dangerous six-week abortion ban -- a bill that Governor DeWine has promised to sign, it's clear that this is a concerted effort to block Ohioans' from accessing to the full range of reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion.

  2. Israel Folau:

    Do you think it's coincidence or no? God is speaking to you guys. Australia - you need to repent.

  3. 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.

  4. Diosdado Cabello:

    Do you think any similarity with this scandalous fabrication is pure coincidence? i don't think so!

  5. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro:

    We're not believers in coincidences, except for today, and it is an extremely tragic coincidence.

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