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whats the difference between 'serendipitous' and 'coincidence'?

Sorry if its obvious, its just, I recently heard 'serendipitous' used in context where I would have normally used 'coincidence'

4 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Favourite answer

    serendipitous means to come upon or found by accident; fortuitous: serendipitous scientific discoveries.

    Coincidence means a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance or a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.

    So basically, serendipitous seems to rely on something being an accident or fated, whereas coincidence has to do with something happening simultaneously and looks as though they are connected, but they are not.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

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  • mrs g4
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    This is my take, so might be off base.

    Serendipity is more "fate" driven, like you were somehow supposed to be there at that time & place for a particular result.

    Coincidence is more like you were both there for a lesson in life, but not necessarily toward the same result.

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  • 10 years ago

    well serendipity is a fortunate or pleasing coincidence.A coincidence need not necessarily always be fortunate.

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