Chance vs Danger - What's the difference?

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Chance is a related term of danger.

As a proper noun chance

is , an american pet form of chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.

As a noun danger is

(obsolete) ability to harm; someone's dominion or power to harm or penalise see in one's danger, below.

As a verb danger is

(obsolete) to claim liability.



Alternative forms

* chaunce (obsolete)


(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


  • (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

    * (l) * * (l)


    (en adjective)
  • (rare) Happening]] by [[#Noun, chance, casual.
  • * 1859 , (Charles Dickens), (A Tale of Two Cities)'', ch. VI, ''The Shoe Maker (Heron Book Centenial Edition)
  • No crowd was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passer-by was in the street. An unnatural silence and desertion reigned there.


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    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Ability to harm; someone's dominion or power to harm or penalise. See In one's danger, below.
  • "You stand within his danger , do you not?" (Shakespeare, ''Merchant of Venice'', 4:1:180)
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in danger of this statute.
  • (obsolete) Liability.
  • * 1526 , Bible , tr. William Tyndale, Matthew V:
  • Thou shalt not kyll. Whosoever shall kyll, shalbe in daunger of iudgement.
  • (obsolete) Difficulty; sparingness.
  • (Chaucer)
  • (obsolete) Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  • (Chaucer)
  • (obsolete) A place where one is in the hands of the enemy.
  • Exposure to liable harm.
  • "Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" ((William Hazlitt), ''Table talk'').
  • An instance or cause of liable harm.
  • "Two territorial questions..unsettled..each of which was a positive danger to the peace of Europe" (''Times'', 5 Sept. 3/2).
  • Mischief.
  • "We put a Sting in him, / That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare, ''Julius Caesar'', 2:1:17).


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * kicking in danger


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To claim liability.
  • (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
  • (obsolete) To run the risk.
  • References

    * Oxford English Dictionary


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