by coincidence

Through an accidental simultaneous occurrence, as in By coincidence both researchers discovered the same solution. [Mid-1600s] Also see by chance.


Nearby words

  1. by and large,
  2. by any means,
  3. by any stretch,
  4. by chance,
  5. by choice,
  6. by cracky,
  7. by definition,
  8. by degrees,
  9. by design,
  10. by dint of

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