happenchance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Apparently from happen +‎ chance, perhaps influenced by happenstance.

Noun[edit]

happenchance (countable and uncountable, plural happenchances)

  1. (informal, originally regional) Coincidence.
    • 1955, Henry van der Schalie, quoting Goodrich, “Calvin Goodrich, 1874-1954”, in University of Michigan Summer Session 1955 Announcement[1], page 12:
      It may be that some day I will find a respectable population of shells, but that will be mere happenchance.

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Adjective[edit]

happenchance (not comparable)

  1. Characterized by happenstance; chance; fortunate or unfortunate.
    • 2017, Iain MacKenzie, Irenaeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching[2], page 142:
      The advent of the Son in the flesh is no happenchance occurrence: it has a hinterland of deliberate and necessary preparation.

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