[ uh-kur-uhns, uh-kuhr- ]
/ əˈkɜr əns, əˈkʌr- /


the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
something that happens; event; incident: We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.

Origin of occurrence

1530–40; occurr(ent) + -ence; compare Medieval Latin occurrentia
SYNONYMS FOR occurrence
Related formsoc·cur·rent, adjectivepre·oc·cur·rence, nounre·oc·cur·rence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for occurrent (1 of 2)


/ (əˈkʌrənt) /


philosophy (of a property) relating to some observable feature of its bearerCompare disposition (def. 4)

British Dictionary definitions for occurrent (2 of 2)


/ (əˈkʌrəns) /


something that occurs; a happening; event
the act or an instance of occurringa crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for occurrent



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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