happenstance happenstance  /ˈhæ pən ˌstæns/


  • (n) an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental


  1. He soon figured out that happenstance played no role; timing was everything.
  2. All this activity seems random, a record of urban happenstance.
  3. It's the same raw deal for those hoping to buy seats to sold-out events find a seller by happenstance or overpay the brokers and scalpers.


  • Mayor questions trustee’s motives

    By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com Once may be happenstance, but Blacksburg Mayor David Hogue is convinced a Cherokee County school trustee is unjustly targeting the municipality— in particular, the students attending its schools. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Gaffney Ledger


  1. "Crime ebbs and flows. But I do think that what we're doing in the city of Richmond is not just luck and it's not just happenstance," said Robyn Lacks, a criminal justice professor and director of the Public Safety Institute at Virginia...
    on Apr 6, 2007 By: Robyn Source: Forbes

  2. "Rod stands up there and says, 'It's on me,' it's on me," Millen said. "It's me. That's fine. I take full (responsibility). Personally. The guys who are out here are here for a reason. It's not a happenstance. I believe in the guy I hired, I...
    on Sep 19, 2008 By: Matt Millen Source: Royal Oak Daily Tribune

  3. In an impassioned response, Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, asked, "Is a child in New Jersey worth less than a child in other parts of the country simply because of the happenstance of where they live?"
    on Jan 29, 2009 By: Robert Menendez Source: New York Times

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untenable untenable
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