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Luck vs. Coincidence — What's the Difference?

Luck vs. Coincidence — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Luck and Coincidence

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Luck

Luck is the phenomenon and belief that defines the experience of notably positive, negative, or improbable events. The naturalistic interpretation is that positive and negative events may happen all the time, both due to random and non-random natural and artificial processes, and that even improbable events can happen by random chance.

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.

Luck

Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions
They're supposed to bring good luck
It was just luck that the first kick went in

Coincidence

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

Luck

Chance to find or acquire
He lucked into a disc-jockey job
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Coincidence

The fact of corresponding in nature or in time of occurrence
The coincidence of interest between the mining companies and certain politicians

Luck

The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune
They met one day out of pure luck.

Coincidence

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

Luck

Good fortune or prosperity; success
We wish you luck.

Coincidence

The state or fact of occupying the same relative position or area in space.

Luck

One's personal fate or lot
It was just my luck to win a trip I couldn't take.

Coincidence

A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged.

Luck

To gain success or something desirable by chance
Lucked into a good apartment.
Lucked out in finding that rare book.

Coincidence

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

Luck

Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence, especially a favourable one.
The raffle is just a matter of luck.
Sometimes it takes a bit of luck to get success.
I couldn't believe my luck when I found a fifty dollar bill on the street.
Gilbert had some bad luck yesterday — he got pick-pocketed and lost fifty dollars.

Coincidence

Of events, the appearance of a meaningful connection when there is none.
That the two writers were born and died on the same day is just a coincidence, although there are many conspiracy theories about it.

Luck

A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.
He blew on the dice for luck.
I wish you lots of luck for the exam tomorrow.

Coincidence

(analysis) A coincidence point.

Luck

Success.
I tried for ages to find a pair of blue suede shoes, but didn't have any luck.
He has a lot of luck with the ladies, perhaps it is because of his new motorbike.

Coincidence

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

Luck

The results of a random number generator.

Coincidence

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

Luck

To find something through good fortune; used with into, on, onto or upon.

Coincidence

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

Luck

That which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck. Luck is often used by itself to mean good luck; as, luck is better than skill; a stroke of luck.
If thou dost play with him at any game,Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck,He beats thee 'gainst the odds.

Coincidence

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.

Luck

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

Coincidence

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

Luck

An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another;
Bad luck caused his downfall
We ran into each other by pure chance

Coincidence

The quality of occupying the same position or area in space;
He waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs

Luck

An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome;
It was my good luck to be there
They say luck is a lady
It was as if fortune guided his hand

Coincidence

The temporal property of two things happening at the same time;
The interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable

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