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[ koh-in-si-duhns ]


  1. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance:

    Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.

    Synonyms: fate, luck, accident

  2. the condition or fact of coinciding.
  3. an instance of this.


/ kəʊˈɪnsɪdəns /


  1. a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected
  2. the fact, condition, or state of coinciding
  3. modifier electronics of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified interval Compare anticoincidence

    coincidence gate

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Other Words From

  • nonco·inci·dence noun
  • preco·inci·dence noun
  • super·co·inci·dence noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of coincidence1

First recorded in 1595–1605; coincid(ent) + -ence

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Example Sentences

In other words, it was no coincidence that politics had become self-sustaining, self-dealing, and self-centered.

The timing of the trip—which will take him to Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway—may not be a coincidence.

From Quartz

“It is probably not a coincidence that Gloria released a poll this week showing how much further ahead his pollster has him,” Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts write.

It is probably not a coincidence that Gloria released a poll this week showing how much further ahead his pollster has him.

The coincidence was strong, and if confirmed, it would let astronomers figure out what causes fast radio bursts.

In Colombia, it was perceived more like a coincidence or perhaps even an opportunistic play by the FARC.

By a sad coincidence, one of these heroes, John Michael Doar, died that same day from congestive heart failure.

In a strange coincidence, the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything opened the same weekend as Interstellar.

Is this just coincidence, or has something changed in the cultural dialogue?

His last line was, “Barbara Jean Kralik was not killed by coincidence!”

When the ship tossed in an unusually rough crossing he was prepared to admit to himself that it was an uncanny coincidence.

But, having summarised them, we also become aware of a very curious coincidence.

The door flew open, so that the princess receded, frightened in spite of herself by the odd coincidence.

"It is only a chance resemblance, of course—a mere coincidence," she replied, in a tone of uneasiness.

Do not wish to suggest anything wrong; but coincidence at least remarkable.


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