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Definition of Chance


  1. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified.
  2. The operation or activity of such agent.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Probability.
  6. To happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation.
  7. To take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object.
  8. To befall; to happen to.
  9. Happening by chance; casual.
  10. By chance; perchance.

Chance Quotations

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
Thomas Jefferson

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.
Sammy Hagar

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.
James Cash Penney

Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners. That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world's best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL.
Hunter S. Thompson
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Chance Translations

chance in Afrikaans is gebeurtenis, geleentheid, kans
chance in Dutch is toevallig, incidenteel
chance in Finnish is mahdollisuus, sattuma
chance in French is hasard, chance
chance in Latin is fors-itis, fors fortis, casus, fortuna
chance in Portuguese is possibilidade
chance in Spanish is felicidad, acaso, ocasion, azar, acontecimiento
chance in Swedish is slump, chans, lycka
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