# Coincidence vs Chance - What's the difference?

coincidence | chance |

## As nouns the difference between coincidence and chance

is that coincidence is of objects, the property of being coincident; occurring at the same time or place while chance is (countable) an opportunity or possibility.

## As a verb chance is

(archaic|intransitive) to happen by chance, to occur.

## As a adjective chance is

(rare) happening]] by [[#noun|chance, casual.

# coincidence

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• Of objects, the property of being coincident; occurring at the same time or place.
• Of events, the appearance of a meaningful connection when there is none.
• (analysis) A coincidence point.
• A fixed point of a correspondence; a point of a variety corresponding to itself under a correspondence.
• #### Synonyms

* (in analysis) coincidence point

#### Derived terms

* coincidence point * coincidence theory * index of coincidence * Lefschetz coincidence theorem

# chance

## English

### Alternative forms

* chaunce (obsolete)

### Noun

(en noun)
• (countable) An opportunity or possibility.
• *
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• (uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
• (countable) The probability of something happening.
• #### Derived terms

(Terms derived from the noun "chance") * Buckley's chance * by chance * chance'd be a fine thing * chance fracture * chance-medley * chancer * chances are * chancy * Chinaman's chance * dog's chance * even chance * fair chance * fat chance * fighting chance * first-chance exception * game of chance * half a chance * happy chance * in with a chance * jump at the chance * last chance * last chance saloon * main chance * mum chance * not a chance * off chance/off-chance * outside chance * perchance * slim chance * smart chance * snowball's chance * snowball's chance in hell * sporting chance * stand a chance

### Verb

(chanc)
• (archaic) To happen by chance, to occur.
• It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
• * Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 6
• if a bird's nest chance to be before thee
• * Shakespeare
• I chanced on this letter.
• * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
• Once it chanced that Geoffrey Riddell (Bishop of Ely), a Prelate rather troublesome to (w), made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at (Glemsford).
• * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
• Mr. Mason, shivering as some one chanced to open the door, asked for more coal to be put on the fire, which had burnt out its flame, though its mass of cinder still shone hot and red. The footman who brought the coal, in going out, stopped near Mr. Eshton's chair, and said something to him in a low voice, of which I heard only the words, "old woman,"—"quite troublesome."
• (archaic) To befall; to happen to.
• * 1826 , William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent
• To try or risk.
• Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
• * W. D. Howells
• Come what will, I will chance it.
• To discover something by chance.
• He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

#### Derived terms

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