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occurrence

Line breaks: oc¦cur|rence
Pronunciation: /əˈkʌr(ə)ns
 
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Definition of occurrence in English:

noun

1An incident or event: vandalism used to be a rare occurrence
More example sentences
  • He saw that she showed no sign of being scared on account of the occurrence of a political incident.
  • Pipher has noted that adolescent girls tend to report events and occurrences dramatically and emotionally.
  • A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical injury.
Synonyms
1.1 [mass noun] The fact or frequency of something happening: the occurrence of cancer increases with age
More example sentences
  • The frequency of occurrence of conduits within different area classes decreases with increasing area.
  • Linguists and language teachers often take account of the frequency of occurrence of linguistic items and features.
  • Ranking of variables was done by the frequency of occurrence of each descriptor in all 140 models.
Synonyms
frequency, incidence, rate, prevalence;
Statistics distribution
1.2 [mass noun] The fact of something existing or being found in a place or under a particular set of conditions: the occurrence of natural gas fields
More example sentences
  • These biozones are commonly of restricted or local occurrence.
  • Here, we shall confine our attention to discussing the conditions which must be satisfied if their occurrence is to be compulsory.
  • The conditions for the occurrence of oscillatory behaviour were explored and the responses described in detail.

Origin

mid 16th century: probably from the plural of archaic occurrent, in the same sense, via French from Latin occurrent- 'befalling', from the verb occurrere (see occur).

Words that rhyme with occurrence

concurrence, co-occurrence, recurrence

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