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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Definitions for happenstance

  1. a chance happening or event.

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Citations for happenstance
“Do you really believe we are just the products of circumstance and happenstance?” “Yes, I think so…" Robert Henry Wright Jr., Papelón: A Novel of Argentina, 2007
A pimple of a hillock here, a blue-gray mare there, a rumpled dark side. But not an anatomy: bleak evidence, rather, of heavenly happenstance. John Updike, Toward the End of Time, 1997
Origin of happenstance
1895-1900
Happenstance came to English in the late 1800s and is a portmanteau of happen and circumstance.