American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chance circumstance: "Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person” ( Bruce Weber).
- n. countable A chance or random event or circumstance.
- n. uncountable The chance or random quality of an event or circumstance.
- n. an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
- Blend of happening and circumstance. (Wiktionary)
- happen + (circum)stance. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I won’t tell you the main happenstance, because that twist IS the plot … but …. you’ll recognize it too.”
“The saying " If....were better I would be okay" has come to sum up a dependence on "happenstance" to bring me or others a sense of well being, okay-ness, safety or joy.”
“The impression on an anti-Semite or potential anti-Semite is that the 'happenstance' of his vet status saves him from being rightfully obliterated.”
“While I liked both Gwen and Harry, their relationship - with a 20-year age gap and a failed marriage each - did seem "happenstance," almost as though they ended up together because they were the only two left to get out of Yellowknife relatively unscathed.”
“When reached for comment, Adam L a/k/a clammyc noted that the timing of this post was merely "happenstance". by: you @ soon”
“Ms. Jarrett told the crowd that this economic crisis did not occur by "happenstance" but is the result of our "profound irresponsibility.”
“Using government money on a vast scale to keep the financial markets working, then to save the automobile industry from bankruptcy, has edged the Bush administration deep into a kind of happenstance socialism.”
“The word karcha comes from the word mikreh - "happenstance”
“He said he didn't want to call it "happenstance" but "we did a lot of things right.”
“happenstance" manner that haunts so many ensemble pieces.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘happenstance’.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
The new favourite words of people on Twitter.
A script searches Twitter for "X is my new favorite word" and adds it to this list.
unfathomably, glice, cuh, fab, ciggaty, doll, thuggin, oxymoronic, pineapple, succubutt, griming, cheeky and 2369 more...
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
EXPECTED vs. SURPRISE
does what it says on the tin, and is severely needed.
some of my favorite words
Looking for tweets for happenstance.