[ koh-in-si-duhns ]
/ koʊˈɪn sɪ dəns /
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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.



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Origin of coincidence

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

OTHER WORDS FROM coincidence

non·co·in·ci·dence, nounpre·co·in·ci·dence, nounsu·per·co·in·ci·dence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for coincidence

/ (kəʊˈɪnsɪdəns) /


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
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