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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Using each exercise to explore its expressive qualities * Taking chances as the class progresses, but not diminishing the focus on precision work * Using improvisation to awaken individual dancers' movement sensibilities
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Her glorious finale, "Fable," is both a self-transcendent blessing of her daughter's marriage and an encapsulation of the point that the show dodges a million cliches to arrive at honestly: Whatever the potential pitfalls, love is worth taking chances for.
Some companies rotate their underwriting staff so they don't get too close to their agents and begin taking chances they shouldn't take.
It has created work and possibilities It was high risk and those involved deserve credit for taking chances and, so far, looking smart.