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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 ​unlikelyfact of such things ​happening at the same ​time: [C] Was ​ourmeeting here a coincidence? [U] By coincidence, both ​teamshappen to be ​coached by men.
coincidental
adjective [not gradable]  us   /koʊˌɪn·sɪˈden·təl/
Resemblances between ​theirstories 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 ​choseexactly the same ​wallpaper as us - what a coincidence! Is it just a coincidence that the ​wife of the man who ​ran the ​competitionwon 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 ​oldschoolmate again 50 ​yearslater. [+ that] It waspure/​sheer coincidence that I ​remembered his ​phonenumber. By some strange coincidence, he was ​passing the ​house just when it ​happened.

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