### Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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**Chance**(Page: 238)

**Chance** `(?)`, `n.`

**1.**

It is strictly and philosophically true in nature and reason that there is no such thing aschanceor accident; it being evident that these words do not signify anything really existing, anything that is truly an agent or the cause of any event; but they signify merely men's ignorance of the real and immediate cause.Samuel Clark.

Any society into whichchancemight throw him.Macaulay.

That power Which erring men callChance.Milton.

**2.**

By chance a priest came down that way.Luke x. 31.

**3.**

It was achancethat happened to us.1 Sam. vi. 9.

The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts, And wins (O shamefulchance!) the Queen of Hearts.Pope.

I spake of most disastrouschance.Shak.

**4.**

So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune. That I would get my life on anychance, To mend it, or be rid on'tShak.

**5.** *&hand; The mathematical expression, of a chance* is the ratio of frequency with which an event happens in the long run. If an event may happen in

*a*ways and may fail in

*b*ways, and each of these

*a*+

*b*ways is equally likely, the

*chance*, or probability, that the event will happen is measured by the fraction

*chance*, or probability, that it will fail is measured by

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**Chance**, `v. i.` `imp. & p. p.` Chanced `(?)`; `p. pr. & vb. n.` Chancing.]*chance* daily."
*Robynson (More's Utopia).*

If a bird's nestchanceto be before thee.Deut. xxii. 6.

Ichancedon this letter.Shak.

*Often used impersonally; as, how*it?

*chances*Howchance, thou art returned so soon?Shak.

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**Chance**, `v. t.`

**1.** *it* as object.

Come what will, I willchanceit.W. D. Howells.

**2.** *W. Lambarde.*

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**Chance**, `a.`

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**Chance**, `adv.` *Gray.*