occurrence

[uh-kur-uhns, uh-kuhr-]
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noun
  1. the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
  2. something that happens; event; incident: We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.

Origin of occurrence

1530–40; occurr(ent) + -ence; compare Medieval Latin occurrentia
Related formsoc·cur·rent, adjectivepre·oc·cur·rence, nounre·oc·cur·rence, noun

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occurrence

noun
  1. something that occurs; a happening; event
  2. the act or an instance of occurringa crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for occurrences

occurrence

n.

1530s, from Middle French occurrence "unexpected happening" or directly from Medieval Latin occurrentia, from Latin occurentem (nominative occurens), present participle of occurrere (see occur).

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