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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

The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Mark Zuckerberg

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

I must learn to love the fool in me - the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.
Mary Tyler Moore

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. - Ray Bradbury
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury
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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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