from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chance circumstance: "Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person” ( Bruce Weber).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chance or random event or circumstance.
- n. The chance or random quality of an event or circumstance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
I won’t tell you the main happenstance, because that twist IS the plot … but …. you’ll recognize it too.
The saying " If....were better I would be okay" has come to sum up a dependence on "happenstance" to bring me or others a sense of well being, okay-ness, safety or joy.
The impression on an anti-Semite or potential anti-Semite is that the 'happenstance' of his vet status saves him from being rightfully obliterated.
While I liked both Gwen and Harry, their relationship - with a 20-year age gap and a failed marriage each - did seem "happenstance," almost as though they ended up together because they were the only two left to get out of Yellowknife relatively unscathed.
When reached for comment, Adam L a/k/a clammyc noted that the timing of this post was merely "happenstance". by: you @ soon
Ms. Jarrett told the crowd that this economic crisis did not occur by "happenstance" but is the result of our "profound irresponsibility."
Using government money on a vast scale to keep the financial markets working, then to save the automobile industry from bankruptcy, has edged the Bush administration deep into a kind of happenstance socialism.
The word karcha comes from the word mikreh - "happenstance"
He said he didn't want to call it "happenstance" but "we did a lot of things right.
"happenstance" manner that haunts so many ensemble pieces.