Definition of hap in English:
- And yes, we got ourselves kidnapped by a bunch of off-duty and retired soldiers who were enjoying a Friday beating up hapless journalists (and boy, were we showing no hap at all) far too much.
- Notice that in this case we will have a violation of the doctrine of determinism, and indeed determinism might be expressed simply as the thesis that nothing ever occurs by mere hap.
- When an event occurs by mere hap, there is an element of randomness in its coming about; it might not have occurred, even if all of the conditions relevant to its production had been the same.
1.1A chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky.
- Happen gives us take place, arrive, come, recur; hap generates chance, accident, hazard, event.
- Whether he makes a lame attempt for a steal or a weak effort at a double-team hap, the result is usually an easy basket for an opponent.
verb (haps, happing, happed)[no object] Back to top
1Come about by chance: what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?
More example sentences
- He said: ‘It was, without a doubt, the best thing that happed to the club.’
- The weirdest thing happed to me a few days ago.
- In the case of the policeman who is suing for being put back on the beat, he described an incident where he happed upon the scene of a road accident and was too scared to go and help.
Middle English: from Old Norse happ.
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