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recently I sat for an exam where I was asked this question -

Concurrence means all of the following except:

A. Agreement B. Accord C. Consensus D. Coincidence E. Harmony

What could be the correct answer ? I opted for D. Coincidence. Was I right ?

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Have you checked a dictionary? – simchona Jan 10 '12 at 8:42
Yes I have, but I got no clear answer. The words agreement, accord & consensus are definitely synonymous with the word concurrence but there is confusion regarding coincidence & harmony. That's why I thought I should discuss it here. – Ankit Jan 10 '12 at 8:48
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Yes the word Harmony is a synonym for Concurrence. But coincidence is synonym for Accord or Agreement.And Concurrence means Agreement too. So there is a conflict .

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There isn't really a conflict. All of the words are similar except coincidence, so the answer is D. – Julia Jan 12 '12 at 5:21
@Julia i have checked the synonyms for coincidence before posting the answer. Coincidence's synonym is Accord and Concurrence. The source is thesaurus.com/browse/coincidence – Apoorva Jan 12 '12 at 5:27
Yikes - I can see from that definition why you would think your answer is OK. The thesaurus is not always as useful as a dictionary. Take a look at this: dictionary.reference.com/browse/coincidence – Julia Jan 12 '12 at 5:58

Yes you are right. Coincidence is something that happens accidentally. Without your knowledge.

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