pure chance


pure chance
A happening by the hand of fate alone, without control or direction.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • pure chance doctrine — The principle followed, particularly in England and Canada that a lottery is characterized by winning or losing entirely by chance; that there is no lottery where merit or skill play any part in determining the distribution to be made. 34 Am J1st …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pure — W3S3 [pjuə US pjur] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not mixed)¦ 2¦(complete)¦ 3¦(clean)¦ 4 pure and simple 5¦(morally good)¦ 6¦(colour or sound)¦ 7¦(typical)¦ 8¦(breed/race)¦ 9¦(art or study)¦ 10 pure science/maths etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pure — [ pjur ] adjective *** 1. ) usually before noun a pure substance or material has nothing mixed with it that might spoil its quality or effect: pure gold/alcohol ─ opposite IMPURE a ) a pure sound, color, light, etc. is very clear and beautiful:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Chance and Necessity — is a 1970 book by Jacques Monod, interpreting the processes of evolution to show that life is only the result of natural processes by pure chance . It has been described as a manifesto of materialist biology in the most reductivist sense .[1] The …   Wikipedia

  • chance — I n. opportunity possibility 1) to have, stand a chance of (she has a good chance of success; he doesn t have a ghost of a chance) 2) to let a chance slip by; to miss one s chance 3) an earthly, poor, slight, slim; even; fair; fighting; good;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • chance — chance1 W1S1 [tʃa:ns US tʃæns] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(possibility)¦ 2¦(opportunity)¦ 3¦(risk)¦ 4¦(likely to succeed)¦ 5¦(luck)¦ 6 stand/have a chance (of something/of doing something) 7 by any chance 8 any chance of ...? 9 be in with a chance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pure — adjective 1 NOT MIXED not mixed with anything else: Is this sweater made of pure wool? | The cocaine was 95% pure. | The purest form of the southern accent can be heard in Tennessee. 2 pure chance/greed/hell etc complete chance etc: By pure… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chance — chance1 [ tʃæns ] noun *** 1. ) count usually singular an opportunity for you to do something, especially something that you want to do: OPPORTUNITY: chance for: The meetings are very short, so there is little chance for real discussion. the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chance — 1 noun 1 POSSIBILITY (C, U) how possible or likely it is that something will happen, especially something that you want: chance/chances of: What are her chances of survival? | there s a chance (that): There s always the chance that something will …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chance — I UK [tʃɑːns] / US [tʃæns] noun Word forms chance : singular chance plural chances *** 1) a) [countable, usually singular] an opportunity for you to do something, especially something that you want to do get/have a chance: We work together… …   English dictionary


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