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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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Cheadle replied with 247-7 to win in the last over, 16-year-old Dan Brown scoring a chanceless 144 not out.
The 38-year-old became the 25th batsman to score 100 first-class hundreds with a chanceless century, which came in 231 minutes off 196 balls and included nine fours and a six.
Amla had smashed three successive fours off paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth to race to his century in the morning, mixing wristy shots with superb drives in a chanceless innings.
His chanceless 226 not out was his highest first-class score and the only double 100 of his career, and it was also the highest ever by any Northamptonshire batsman against Worcestershire.
Marcus North weighed in with a chanceless 190 as Durham dominated the opening exchanges of their rain-affected Frizzell County Championship clash against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.
2 overs through a chanceless 47 not out from Alistair Pearson.
Opener Marvan Atapattu smashed a chanceless century to help Sri Lanka set their imposing target at Kingsmead.
Chanceless centuries from Jacques Kallis and Daryll Cullinan powered South Africa into a commanding position at the close of the first day of the fourth Test against West Indies.
After that drop it was a pretty chanceless innings and one of my best to date.
Dent played every ball on its merit and reached a chanceless half century from 99 balls which included a six and nine fours.
He forged out a chanceless 156, by far his highest score of the summer, as Somerset replied to Yorkshire's modest first innings score of 253 before closing the second day on 319 for three with a lead of 66.
Smith's 144-ball effort, also including eight fours, was chanceless.