[uh-kur-uh ns, uh-kuhr-]
- 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
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2. circumstance. See event.
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- philosophy (of a property) relating to some observable feature of its bearerCompare disposition (def. 4)
- something that occurs; a happening; event
- the act or an instance of occurringa crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for occurrent
1530s, from Middle French occurrence "unexpected happening" or directly from Medieval Latin occurrentia, from Latin occurentem (nominative occurens), present participle of occurrere (see occur).
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