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  1. something that happens or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance.
  2. the outcome, issue, or result of anything: The venture had no successful event.
  3. something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time.
  4. Physics. in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in space and instant of time.Compare world point.
  5. Sports. any of the contests in a program made up of one sport or of a number of sports: The broad jump event followed the pole vault.
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  1. in any event, regardless of what happens; in any case.Also at all events.
  2. in the event of, if there should be: In the event of rain, the party will be held indoors.
  3. in the event that, if it should happen that; in case: In the event that I can't come back by seven, you can eat without me.
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Origin of event

1560–70; < Latin ēventus occurrence, outcome, equivalent to ēven(īre) to occur, come out + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formse·vent·less, adjectivesu·per·e·vent, noun

Synonyms for event

1. happening, affair, case, circumstance. Event, episode, incident, occurrence are terms for a happening. An event is usually an important happening: historical events. An episode is one of a series of happenings in a person's life or in a narrative: an episode in one's life. An incident is an event of usually minor importance: an amusing incident in a play. An occurrence is something that happens, often by surprise: His arrival was an unexpected occurrence. 2. consequence.
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Examples from the Web for eventless

Historical Examples of eventless

  • I once wrote "eventless;" but, on looking, found it not.Page 292 Yet why not?

    From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life

    Captain A. T. Mahan

  • Besides, "uneventful" does not mean the same as "eventless."

  • The two eventless months also brought the note sixty days nearer due.

    Dominie Dean

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • His early history was probably as unimportant and eventless as my own.

  • For it is impossible that life, in whatever conditions, can be eventless.

    Once Aboard The Lugger

    Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for eventless


  1. anything that takes place or happens, esp something important; happening; incident
  2. the actual or final outcome; result (esp in the phrases in the event, after the event)
  3. any one contest in a programme of sporting or other conteststhe high jump is his event
  4. philosophy
    1. an occurrence regarded as a bare instant of space-time as contrasted with an object which fills space and has endurance
    2. an occurrence regarded in isolation from, or contrasted with, human agencyCompare act (def. 8)
  5. in any event or at all events regardless of circumstances; in any case
  6. in the event of in case of; if (such a thing) happensin the event of rain the race will be cancelled
  7. in the event that if it should happen that
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  1. to take part or ride (a horse) in eventing
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Word Origin for event

C16: from Latin ēventus a happening, from ēvenīre to come forth, happen, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for eventless



1570s, from Middle French event, from Latin eventus "occurrence, accident, event, fortune, fate, lot, issue," from past participle stem of evenire "to come out, happen, result," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Event horizon in astrophysics is from 1969.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with eventless


see blessed event; in any case (event); in case (in the event); in the unlikely event.

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