- 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
Synonyms for coincidence
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- 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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Word Origin and History for non-coincidence
c.1600, "exact correspondence," from French coincidence, from coincider (see coincide). Meaning "a concurrence of events with no apparent connection" is from 1680s.
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