- a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
- the condition or fact of coinciding.
- an instance of this.
Origin of coincidence
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Examples from the Web for coincidence
In Colombia, it was perceived more like a coincidence or perhaps even an opportunistic play by the FARC.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
Is this just coincidence, or has something changed in the cultural dialogue?What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
His last line was, “Barbara Jean Kralik was not killed by coincidence!”The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
To Palmer, the coincidence of his bullpen exile and his return to form was galling.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
This coincidence of depression and substance abuse is not uncommon.Robin Williams’ Deadly Depression
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
August 12, 2014
The coincidence was interpreted by Casanova as a propitious sign.Casanova's Homecoming
He had known the last witness seven or eight years; that was merely a coincidence.A Tale of Two Cities
"That's a coincidence," observed the stranger, twirling his pale mustache.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Was this coincidence, or prevision, or what Mr. Dessoir calls the 'falsification of memory'?Storyology
No one knows how it happened, but there was a coincidence about the time which I must relate.The Monkey That Would Not Kill
- a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected
- the fact, condition, or state of coinciding
- (modifier) electronics of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified intervalcoincidence gate Compare anticoincidence
Word Origin and History for coincidence
c.1600, "exact correspondence," from French coincidence, from coincider (see coincide). Meaning "a concurrence of events with no apparent connection" is from 1680s.