Definition of happenstance in English:

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happenstance

Pronunciation: /ˈhap(ə)nˌstans/

noun

[mass noun] chiefly North American
Coincidence: it was just happenstance that I happened to be there [count noun]: an untoward happenstance for Trudy
More example sentences
  • Some events do occur by chance or happenstance, but the baseline of governmental policy and media spin is far from accidental.
  • It may be that just by accident or happenstance this has come to be.
  • The evolutionary process is rife with happenstance, contingency, incredible waste, death, pain and horror.

Origin

Late 19th century: blend of happen and circumstance.

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