an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
the quality of occupying the same position or area in space
"he waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs"
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"
Of objects, the property of being coincident; occurring at the same time or place.
Of events, the appearance of a meaningful connection when there is none.
A coincidence point.
Origin: coincide + -ence
the condition of occupying the same place in space; as, the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc
the condition or fact of happening at the same time; as, the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
exact correspondence in nature, character, result, circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement
Origin: [Cf. F. concidence.]
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.
The numerical value of coincidence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of coincidence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life is a gift of God, of the God of Coincidence!
We’re supposed to believe that’s just a coincidence?
There's no such thing as coincidence ... only convenience.
Projecting planning as coincidence requires great skills or a scorpion!
The coincidence is just a little too much, it's just a little hard to swallow.
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Translations for coincidence
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- koincidence, náhodaCzech
- Koinzidenz, zufälliges ZusammentreffenGerman
- coincidencia, casualidadSpanish
- co-thuiteamasScottish Gaelic
- sammenfall, sammentreffNorwegian
- samanfall, samantreffNorwegian Nynorsk
- zbieg okolicznościPolish
- tesadüf, rastlantıTurkish
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