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Definitions of chance

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; "what is the probability of rain?"; "we have a good chance of winning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. The operation or activity of such agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The supposed effect of such an agent; something that befalls, as the result of unknown or unconsidered forces; the issue of uncertain conditions; an event not calculated upon; an unexpected occurrence; a happening; accident; fortuity; casualty. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Probability. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To befall; to happen to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Happening by chance; casual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. By chance; perchance. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To happen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; - in this sense often personified. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; - with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To take the chances of; to venture upon; - usually with it as object. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. An unforeseen event; an accident; a possibility; opportunity; risk. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. To happen; occur without design or expectation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To risk; with it. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. That which falls out or happens: an unexpected event: risk: opportunity: possibility of something happening. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To risk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Happening by chance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. An unforeseen event; risk; opportunity; possibility. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To come unexpectedly (on or upon). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Occurring by chance; casual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Fortune; luck; accident; opportunity; contingency; possibility; probability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. That which happens without being contrived, intended, or foreseen; accident; risk; possibility; opportunity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. An unforeseen event; accident; what fortune may bring; an opportunity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. To happen; to occur without design; to risk. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Casual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified. mso.anu.edu.au
  35. A possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; -- with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him. mso.anu.edu.au
  36. To take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object. mso.anu.edu.au
  37. ( Luke 10:31 ). "It was not by chance that the priest came down by that road at that time, but by a specific arrangement and in exact fulfilment of a plan; not the plan of the priest, nor the plan of the wounded traveller, but the plan of God. By coincidence (Gr. sungkuria) the priest came down, that is, by the conjunction of two things, in fact, which were previously constituted a pair in the providence of God. In the result they fell together according to the omniscient Designer's plan. This is the true theory of the divine government." Compare the meeting of Philip with the Ethiopian ( Acts 8:26 Acts 8:27 ). There is no "chance" in God's empire. "Chance" is only another word for our want of knowledge as to the way in which one event falls in with another ( 1 Samuel 6:9 ; Eccl 9:11 ). biblestudytools.com
  38. Accident. As the law punishes a crime only when there is an intention to commit it, it follows that when those acts are done in a lawful business or pursuit by mere chance or accident, which would have been criminal if there had been an intention, express or implied, to commit them, there is no crime. For example, if workmen were employed in blasting rocks in a retired field, and a person not knowing of the circumstance should enter the field, and be killed by a piece of the rock, there would be no guilt in the workmen. 1 East, P. C. 262 Poster, 262; 1 Hale's P. C. 472; 4 Bl. Com. 192. Vide Accident. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  39. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; in this sense often personified. dictgcide_fs
  40. A possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him. dictgcide_fs
  41. To take the chances of; to venture upon; usually with it as object. dictgcide_fs
  42. chans, n. that which falls out or happens: an unexpected event: risk: opportunity: possibility of something happening: probability: (pl.) misfortunes.--v.t. to risk.--v.i. to happen.--adj. happening by chance.--adv. perchance.--n. CHANCE'-COM'ER, one who comes by chance or unexpectedly.--adjs. CHANCE'FUL (Spens.), full of risk or danger, hazardous; CHANC'Y (coll.), lucky, bringing good luck: also risky, uncertain.--BY CHANCE, accidentally; EVEN CHANCE, the probability being equally for or against.--HOW CHANCE? (Shak.) how does it happen that?--STAND A GOOD CHANCE, to have a reasonable expectation; TAKE ONE'S CHANCE, to accept what happens: to risk an undertaking; THE MAIN CHANCE, the chief object (often used of matrimony): what is most important. [O. Fr. cheance--Low L. cadentia--L. cad[)e]re, to fall.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  43. Way things fall out, fortune; undesigned occurrence; opportunity; possibility; probability (esp. in pl., as the cc. are against it); absence of design or discoverable cause; course of events regarded as a power, fate; by c., as it falls or fell out, without design; on the c., in view of the possibility (of, that); take one\'s c., let things go as they may, consent to take what comes; the main c., that of getting rich; stand a (good, fair) c., have a prospect; chance-, =by c., as c.-sown tree; (adj.) fortuitous (a c. companion, meeting). [Late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. Happen (archaic in abs. use, getting rare in constrr. it chanced that, he chanced to do); c. upon, happen to find, meet, or come upon; (colloq.) risk (esp. c. it). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. n. [French] A fortuitous event or occurrence;—accident;—opportunity;—fortune, good or bad;—the possibility of an occurrence. Cabinet Dictionary
  46. Fortune, the cause of fortuitous events; the act of fortune; accident; casual occurrence, fortuitous event, whether good or bad; possibility of any occurrence. Complete Dictionary

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