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coincidence

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coincidence \Co*in"ci*dence\ (k[-o]*[i^]n"s[i^]*dens), noun [Cf. F. co["i]ncidence.]

1. The condition of occupying the same place in space; as, the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc. --Bentley.

2. The condition or fact of happening at the same time; as, the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

3. Exact correspondence in nature, character, result, circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement.

The very concurrence and coincidence of so many evidences . . . carries a great weight. --Sir M. Hale.

Those who discourse . . . of the nature of truth . . . affirm a perfect coincidence between truth and goodness. --South.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

coincidence

noun

1: an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental [syn: {coincidence}, {happenstance}]

2: the quality of occupying the same position or area in space; "he waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs"

3: the temporal property of two things happening at the same time; "the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable" [syn: {concurrence}, {coincidence}, {conjunction}, {co-occurrence}]


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