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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VIII. Causation
1. Constancy of Sequence in Events
 
156. [Absence of Assignable Cause.] Chance.
 
  
NOUN:CHANCE, 1 indetermination, accident, fortune, hazard, hap [rare], haphazard, chance-medley, random, luck, raccroc [F.], fluke [cant], casualty, fortuity, contingence, adventure, hit; fate (necessity) [See Necessity]; equal chance; lottery; tombola; lotto; toss-up [colloq.] [See Chance]; turn of the -table, - cards; hazard of the die, chapter of accidents; cast -, throw- of the dice; heads or tails, wheel of Fortune; sortes [L.], sortes Virgilianœ [L.].
  PROBABILITY, possibility, contingency, odds, long odds, run of luck; accidentalness, accidentalism, accidentality; main chance.
  theory of -Probabilities, - Chances; bookmaking; assurance; gamble, speculation, gaming [See Chance].
  
VERB:CHANCE, hap, turn up; fall to one’s lot; be one’s fate [See Necessity]; stumble on, light upon; blunder upon, hit, hit upon; take one’s chance [See Chance].
  
ADJECTIVE:CASUAL, fortuitous, accidental, chance, chanceable [archaic], chanceful [archaic], haphazard, random, casual, adventive, adventitious, causeless, incidental, contingent, uncaused, undetermined, indeterminate; possible [See Possibility]; unintentional [See Chance].
  
ADVERB:BY CHANCE, by accident; at random, casually; perchance &c. (possibly), 470; for aught one knows; as -good, - bad, - ill-luck &c. n.- would have it; as it may -be, - chance, - turn up, - happen; as the case may be.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Grasps the skirts of happy chance.—Tennyson
  2. The accident of an accident.—Lord Thurlow

Note 1. The word Chance has two distinct meanings: the first, the absence of assignable cause, as above; and the second, the absence of design—for the latter see 621. [ back ]

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