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chance

(Fortuity), noun advantage, befalling, casus, circumstance, event, favorable time, fortuitousness, good fortune, happening, occasion, opening, suitable circummtance, time
Associated concepts: arise by chance, last clear chance

chance

(Possibility), noun aptitude, attainability, bare possibility, conceivability, conceivableness, contingency, favorable prospect, hope, imaginability, indeterminacy, liability, likelihood, possibleness, potentiality, probability, prospect, spes, uncertainty, unexpectedness, unpredictability
Associated concepts: chance verdict, games of chance
Foreign phrases: Casus fortuitus non est supponendus.A chance happening is not to be presumed. Casus fortuitus non est sperandus, et nemo tenetur devinare. A chance happening is not to be expected, and no one is bound to foresee it.
See also: access, accident, bet, coincidental, contingency, fortuitous, gamble, haphazard, happenstance, hazard, likelihood, lottery, occasion, opening, opportunity, outlook, possibility, potential, privilege, probability, prospect, quirk, random, risk, speculate, speculation, suspicion, uncertainty, unexpected, unintentional, unwitting, venture

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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Rees left the Ospreys to try his chance across the border because he wasn't getting any game-time with the likes of Justin Marshall and Jason Spice ahead of him in the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.
Given the scale of ASDA Sporting Chance across both 'every day' sporting activity and more serious sporting endeavour - and our undisputed, long-term commitment to it - it is extremely disappointing to note Mr Sheerman describing the proposed pounds 40m investment by ASDA a "disaster".
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Fellow Welshman Carl Robinson should have added a second beforehand when City's defence was caught out by a quick free-kick, but squandered the chance across the face of goal.
Pericard got away from his marker and in front of Taylor, only to clip the chance across the face of the goal and wide.
Grady sclaffed a great chance across the face of Peterhead's goal before the break.
You can only wonder what kind of fee Swansea talisman Lee Trundle might command, the free-scoring striker proving his worth as early as the sixth minute last night when he threaded a great chance across goal for Paul Connor after some trademark trickery.
Over time, staff from other departments would chance across our game and join in.
A brief translation may be necessary, though: 'Most crime occurs when local scumbags chance across unlocked doors and find it easy to nick-off with CD player, TV, microwave etc.
Substitute Danny Mitchley snatched a reasonable chance across the six-yard area as Boro looked to put the tie to bed and the same player produced a superb 25-yarder that was brilliantly turned over at full stretch by the flying Hedge.
Explaining his reason for sending the 25-1 chance across the Irish Sea, Sherwood said: "There were a couple of reasons to run - I have always maintained he is better going right-handed, and there are not a lot of races for him in Britain at the moment, and the trip should suit him.