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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.

References in classic literature ?
Methinks it is like the wailing of a child; some infant, it may be, which has strayed from its mother, and chanced upon this place of death.
The rebels were extorting money from the villagers for their upcoming anniversary on March 29 when chanced upon by government forces, sparking a 20-minute gun battle," Martinez said, adding six high-powered assault rifles, improvised explosive devices and subversive documents of high intelligence value were recovered at the scene of encounter.
A media spokesman for the Border Guard said border guards were patroling in the mountains of Al-Namas in Asir region on Saturday morning when they chanced upon the smugglers.
Construction workers chanced upon the chests while carrying out some digging work at the plot.
I've chanced upon some truly awful games in my time, rushed out in a cynical attempt to cash in on fans who, having watched a great film, are hungry for more action.
The scam, which dates back to 2012, was accidentally exposed when one of its victims chanced upon the Albanian man's brother and, talking to him, realised that the latter was in fine health.
Melbourne schoolboy Joshua Rogers claimed he has chanced upon a security flaw in the Web site of Public Transport Victoria (PTV), and now the government authority has reported him to the police.
Christine Dobson, 71, of Ludgate Hill, struck up a friendship with the drug addict who pleaded for help when she chanced upon him in Great Charles Street and gave him PS5 so he could buy some food.
It's central concern is summed up in a sentence that I chanced upon while scanning the newspapers this morning," Ansari said:
I had chanced upon the ornamental lake and was delighted to see a mummy duck proudly mentoring her crew of ducklings.
According to a report in the Arabic newspaper Oman, the site first came to light last year when construction workers building the foundations of a local sports club, chanced upon what appeared to be an ancient tomb strewn with human bones.
According to a statement issued by the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces, soldiers chanced upon the exit of an unfinished tunnel of a three-meter height, outside the prison nearby the building "D".