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coincidencenoun [C/U]

us   /koʊˈɪn·sɪ·dəns, -səˌdens/
an occasion when two or more things happen at the same time, esp. in a way that is unexpected or unlikely, or the unlikely fact of such things happening at the same time: [C] Was our meeting here a coincidence? [U] By coincidence, both teams happen to be coached by men.
coincidental
adjective [not gradable] us   /koʊˌɪn·sɪˈden·təl/
Resemblances between their stories are purely coincidental.
coincidentally
adverb [not gradable] us   /koʊˌɪn·sɪˈden·təl·i/
Mo shut his eyes and swung, the ball and the bat coincidentally arriving at the same place at the same time.
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coincidencenoun

uk   /kəʊˈɪn.sɪ.dəns/ us   /koʊˈɪn.sɪ.dəns/
  • coincidence noun (SAME TIME)

B2 [C] an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising: You chose exactly the same wallpaper as us - what a coincidence! Is it just a coincidence that the wife of the man who ran the competition won first prize? a series of strange/amazing coincidences

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  • coincidence noun (CHANCE)

B2 [U] chance or luck: Just by coincidence, I met my old schoolmate again 50 years later. [+ that] It was pure/sheer coincidence that I remembered his phone number. By some strange coincidence, he was passing the house just when it happened.

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