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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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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.
Howard drove a good chance across the face of Rovers'goal on 44 minutes and Ian Goodison did well to block a goal-bound shot from Fryatt at the end of a rapid counter-attack.
STEWART DOWNING (for Rooney, 68): Boro forward was full of running, but dragged a late chance across goal.
Danny Mills blasted the loose ball just over, while Jon Parkin blazed another late chance across the face of goal.
But the Highbury gaffer insists he would consider giving Mutu a second chance across London.
Music is close to Polynesian's hearts and you are sure to chance across a display of Polynesian dancing - complete with swaying grass skirts.
Music is close to Polynesians' hearts and you are sure to chance across a display of Polynesian dancing -complete with swaying grass skirts.
Let's give British coaches a chance across the board.
86: Freddy Eastwood puts a great chance across the face of goal as Morrison just fails to connect.
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.
The third-minute header he put straight into the hands of Jussi Jaaskelainen from inside the six-yard box was profligate enough, but to toe-poke an even better chance across the face of the goal with nine minutes to go was agony.
It looks set to be a great day for Henderson as he saddles a host of horses with winning chance across the country.