Definitions

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  • adj. fortuitous; casual

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fortuitous; casual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Accidental; casual; fortuitous.
  • Non-essential; merely incidental and subsidiary; accidental or of the nature of an accident.

Etymologies

chance +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And so far were they carried into the admiration thereof, that they thought in the chanceable hitting upon any such verses great foretokens of their following fortunes were placed.

    English literary criticism

  • To tell the truth he was mean in fortunes and for the most part hankered about the coffeehouses and low taverns with crimps, ostlers, bookies, Paul's men, runners, flatcaps, waistcoateers, ladies of the bagnio and other rogues of the game or with a chanceable catchpole or a tipstaff often at nights till broad day of whom he picked up between his sackpossets much loose gossip.

    Ulysses

  • And so far were they carried into the admiration thereof, that they thought in the chanceable hitting upon any such verses great fore-tokens of their following fortunes were placed; whereupon grew the word of Sortes Virgilianæ, when by sudden opening Virgil’s book they lighted upon some verse of his making.

    The Defense of Poesy

  • To tell the truth he was mean in fortunes and for the most part hankered about the coffeehouses and low taverns with crimps, ostlers, bookies, Paul’s men, runners, flatcaps, waistcoateers, ladies of the bagnio and other rogues of the game or with a chanceable catchpole or a tipstaff often at nights till broad day of whom he picked up between his sackpossets much loose gossip.

    Ulysses

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