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.
- non·co·in·ci·dence, noun
- pre·co·in·ci·dence, noun
- su·per·co·in·ci·dence, noun
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How to use coincidence in a sentence
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.China’s diplomatic visit to The Netherlands won’t be as drama-free as it hoped | Annabelle Timsit | August 25, 2020 | 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.Morning Report: The GOP Loved Mail Voting Before it Hated it | Voice of San Diego | August 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It is probably not a coincidence that Gloria released a poll this week showing how much further ahead his pollster has him.Politics Report: Bry, Lawson-Remer Dominate Fundraising | Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts | August 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The coincidence was strong, and if confirmed, it would let astronomers figure out what causes fast radio bursts.A Surprise Discovery Points to the Source of Fast Radio Bursts | Shannon Hall | June 11, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
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 | Catalina Lobo-Guererro | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By a sad coincidence, one of these heroes, John Michael Doar, died that same day from congestive heart failure.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a strange coincidence, the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything opened the same weekend as Interstellar.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind | Marlow Stern | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Uncanny Tales | Various
But, having summarised them, we also become aware of a very curious coincidence.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The door flew open, so that the princess receded, frightened in spite of herself by the odd coincidence.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
"It is only a chance resemblance, of course—a mere coincidence," she replied, in a tone of uneasiness.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
Do not wish to suggest anything wrong; but coincidence at least remarkable.
British Dictionary definitions for coincidence
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 interval: coincidence gate Compare anticoincidence
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