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occurrence

[uh-kur-uh ns, uh-kuhr-] /əˈkɜr əns, əˈkʌr-/
noun
1.
the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
2.
something that happens; event; incident:
We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.
Origin of occurrence
1530-1540
1530-40; occurr(ent) + -ence; compare Medieval Latin occurrentia
Related forms
occurrent, adjective
preoccurrence, noun
reoccurrence, noun
Synonyms
2. circumstance. See event.
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British Dictionary definitions for reoccurrence

occurrence

/əˈkʌrəns/
noun
1.
something that occurs; a happening; event
2.
the act or an instance of occurring: a crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for reoccurrence
n.

also re-occurrence, 1804, from re- "again" + occurrence.

occurrence

n.

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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