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Fate vs. Coincidence

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Fatenoun

The presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.

Coincidencenoun

Of objects, the property of being coincident; occurring at the same time or place.

Fatenoun

The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.

Coincidencenoun

Of events, the appearance of a meaningful connection when there is none.

Fatenoun

Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.

‘Accept your fate.’;

Coincidencenoun

(analysis) A coincidence point.

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Fatenoun

(mythology) lang=en (one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).

Coincidencenoun

(geometry) A fixed point of a correspondence; a point of a variety corresponding to itself under a correspondence.

Fateverb

(transitive) To foreordain or predetermine, to make inevitable.

‘The oracle's prediction fated Oedipus to kill his father; not all his striving could change what would occur.’;

Coincidencenoun

The condition of occupying the same place in space; as, the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc.

Fatenoun

A fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; inevitable necessity; the force by which all existence is determined and conditioned.

‘Necessity and chanceApproach not me; and what I will is fate.’; ‘Beyond and above the Olympian gods lay the silent, brooding, everlasting fate of which victim and tyrant were alike the instruments.’;

Coincidencenoun

The condition or fact of happening at the same time; as, the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

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Fatenoun

Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death.

‘The great, th'important day, big with the fateOf Cato and of Rome.’; ‘Our wills and fates do so contrary runThat our devices still are overthrown.’; ‘The whizzing arrow sings,And bears thy fate, Antinous, on its wings.’;

Coincidencenoun

Exact correspondence in nature, character, result, circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement.

‘The very concurrence and coincidence of so many evidences . . . carries a great weight.’; ‘Those who discourse . . . of the nature of truth . . . affirm a perfect coincidence between truth and goodness.’;

Fatenoun

The element of chance in the affairs of life; the unforeseen and unestimated conitions considered as a force shaping events; fortune; esp., opposing circumstances against which it is useless to struggle; as, fate was, or the fates were, against him.

‘A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.’; ‘Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams.’;

Coincidencenoun

an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental

Fatenoun

The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes called the Destinies, or Parcæwho were supposed to determine the course of human life. They are represented, one as holding the distaff, a second as spinning, and the third as cutting off the thread.

Coincidencenoun

the quality of occupying the same position or area in space;

‘he waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs’;

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Fatenoun

an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

Coincidencenoun

the temporal property of two things happening at the same time;

‘the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable’;

Fatenoun

the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman);

‘we are helpless in the face of Destiny’;

Coincidencenoun

a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection

‘they met by coincidence’; ‘it was a coincidence that she was wearing a jersey like Laura's’;

Fatenoun

your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);

‘whatever my fortune may be’; ‘deserved a better fate’; ‘has a happy lot’; ‘the luck of the Irish’; ‘a victim of circumstances’; ‘success that was her portion’;

Coincidencenoun

the fact of corresponding in nature or in time of occurrence

‘the coincidence of interest between the mining companies and certain politicians’;

Fateverb

decree or designate beforehand;

‘She was destined to become a great pianist’;

Coincidencenoun

the presence of ionizing particles or other objects in two or more detectors simultaneously, or of two or more signals simultaneously in a circuit.

Coincidence

A coincidence is a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances that have no apparent causal connection with one another. The perception of remarkable coincidences may lead to supernatural, occult, or paranormal claims.

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