Legal Definition and Related Resources of Chance

Meaning of Chance

A fortuitous event , an accident . Also, absence of skill or of explainable or controllable causation, as in game of chance. The opposite of intention , design or contrivance.

Chance Alternative Definition

Pure chance consists in the absence of all means of calculating results. Morris (Iowa) 169. It is to be distinguished from “accident,” which is “the unusual prevention of an effect naturally resulting from the means employed.” Id. Chance is always undeterminable; it neither forms nor designs; intention is never attributed to it; its events are uncertain. 59 111. 165.

Synonyms of Chance

(Fortuity), noun

  • advantage
  • befalling
  • casus
  • circumstance
  • event
  • favorable time
  • fortuitousness
  • good fortune
  • happening
  • occasion
  • opening
  • suitable circumstance
  • time
  • Associated Concepts: arise by chance
  • last clear chance

(Possibility), noun

  • aptitude
  • attainability
  • bare possibility
  • conceivability
  • conceivableness
  • contingency
  • favorable prospect
  • hope
  • imaginability
  • indeterminacy
  • indeterminateness
  • liability
  • likelihood
  • possibleness
  • potential
  • potentiality
  • probability
  • prospect
  • spes
  • uncertainty
  • unexpectedness
  • unpredictability
  • Associated Concepts: chance verdict
  • games of chance foreign phrases: Casusfortuitas 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

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Bystander, Contingency, Contingent, Expectation Of Life, , Gaming, Happen, Hazard, Last Chance, Last Clear Chance, Lottery, Raffle, Slot Machine.


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