chance

The Correct spelling is: chance

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  • n.
      1. The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
      2. A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck: Chance will determine the outcome.
    1. The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability. Often used in the plural: Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?
    2. An accidental or unpredictable event.
    3. A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity: a chance to escape.
    4. A risk or hazard; a gamble: took a chance that the ice would hold me.
    5. Games. A raffle or lottery ticket.
    6. Baseball. An opportunity to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.
    adj.

    Caused by or ascribable to chance; unexpected, random, or casual: a chance encounter; a chance result.


    v., chanced, chanc·ing, chanc·es.

    v.intr.

    To come about by chance; occur: It chanced that the train was late that day.

    v.tr.

    To take the risk or hazard of: not willing to chance it.

    phrasal verb:

    chance on or upon

    1. To find or meet accidentally; happen upon: While in Paris we chanced on two old friends.

    idioms:

    by chance

    1. Without plan; accidentally: They met by chance on a plane.
    2. Possibly; perchance: Is he, by chance, her brother?
    on the off chance
    1. In the slight hope or possibility.

    [Middle English, unexpected event, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall, befall.]

    SYNONYMS  chance, random, casual, haphazard, desultory. These adjectives apply to what is determined not by deliberation but by accident. Chance stresses lack of premeditation: a chance meeting with a friend. Random implies the absence of a specific pattern or objective: took a random guess. Casual often suggests an absence of due concern: a casual observation. Haphazard implies a carelessness or a willful leaving to chance: a haphazard plan of action. Desultory suggests a shifting about from one thing to another that reflects a lack of method: a desultory conversation. See also synonyms at happen, opportunity.


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