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Chance

Pronunciation: chåns
n.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.
It is strictly and philosophically true in nature and reason that there is no such thing as chance or accident; it being evident that these words do not signify anything really existing, anything that is truly an agent or the cause of any event; but they signify merely men's ignorance of the real and immediate cause.
- Samuel Clark.
Any society into which chance might throw him.
- Macaulay.
That power
Which erring men call Chance.
- Milton.
2.The operation or activity of such agent.
By chance a priest came down that way.
- Luke x. 31.
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.
In the field of observation, chance favors only the mind that is prepared.
- Louis Pasteur.
It was a chance that happened to us.
- 1 Sam. vi. 9.
The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts,
And wins (O shameful chance!) the Queen of Hearts.
- Pope.
I spake of most disastrous chance.
- Shak.
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.
So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune.
That I would get my life on any chance,
To mend it, or be rid on 't
- Shak.
5.(Math.) Probability.
Chance comer
one who comes unexpectedly.
The last chance
the sole remaining ground of hope.
The main chance
the chief opportunity; that upon which reliance is had, esp. self-interest.
Theory of chances
(Math.) that branch of mathematics which treats of the probability of the occurrence of particular events, as the fall of dice in given positions.
To mind one's chances
to take advantage of every circumstance; to seize every opportunity.
v. i.1.To happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation.
[imp. & p. p. Chanced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Chancing.]
If a bird's nest chance to be before thee.
- Deut. xxii. 6.
I chanced on this letter.
- Shak.
How chance, thou art returned so soon?
- Shak.
v. t.1.To take the chances of; to venture upon; - usually with it as object.
Come what will, I will chance it.
- W. D. Howells.
2.To befall; to happen to.
a.1.Happening by chance; casual.
adv.1.By chance; perchance.
Noun1.chance - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
Synonyms: opportunity
2.chance - 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"
Synonyms: fortune, hazard, luck
3.chance - a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"
4.chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; "what is the probability of rain?"; "we have a good chance of winning"
Synonyms: probability
Verb1.chance - be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
2.chance - take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
3.chance - come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
Synonyms: find, bump, encounter, happen
Adj.1.chance - occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"
Synonyms: accidental, casual

CHANCE, accident. As the law punishes a crime only when there is an intention to commit it, it follows that when those acts are done in a lawful business or pursuit by mere chance or accident, which would have been criminal if there had been an intention, express or implied, to commit them, there is no crime. For example, if workmen were employed in blasting rocks in a retired field, and a person not knowing of the circumstance should enter the field, and be killed by a piece of the rock, there would be no guilt in the workmen. 1 East, P. C. 262 Poster, 262; 1 Hale's P. C. 472; 4 Bl. Com. 192. Vide Accident.

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