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  • Accidental(ly) or unexpected(ly).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without advance planning
  • adv. through chance,
  • adv. by accident


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  • Running by chance into Charles Pettit, a brother-in-law to Joseph Reed and a leader of the Constitutionalist majority in the Assembly, Morris exploded in a rare display of temper.

    Robert Morris

  • In a confidential memorandum Ravndal wrote Dulles on April 7, Housemeister in Marton apartment has reported to servant Legation officer who lives next door that Mrs. Marton was released from prison April 3 and release confirmed by chance meeting between Legation officer Tom Rogers and Marton children….

    Enemies of the People

  • It was not by chance that Zsuzsi had chosen that afternoon to visit me.

    Enemies of the People

  • Well, de Bono suggested that to solve a problem, the thinker should relate the problem at hand to a random input, such as a word chosen by chance in a dictionary, and then see if he can, by connecting the two, open up a new approach to the situation.

    Creative Couplings

  • Terse enough so if by chance it had gone astray it might intrigue, but not give them away.

    City of Glory

  • Most of these would not develop life, but by chance some might have experienced something like a Mars-sized planet hitting a developing earth at the right time.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • The co-occurrence of the events is typically highly improbable—meaning that the probability of their occurring, in sequence by chance alone, is very small if not minuscule.

    The Sacred Promise

  • You are not by chance related to a Yorkish family by the name of Nash?

    My Seduction

  • Because there are so many different mutations that can cause thalassemia versus just one that can make sickle or hemoglobin C, thalassemias originate by chance much more frequently.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • Snow enters the Japanese imagination by chance on a cold night in what the old calendars call December seventeen-oh-two, but which is by ours January thirty-first, seventeen-oh-three.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set


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