II. Prospective Volition

1. Conceptional Volition

[Absence of purpose in the succession of events] Chance.

[Nouns] chance [more]; lot, fate (necessity) [more]; luck; good luck (good) [more]; mascot.

speculation, venture, stake, game of chance; mere shot, random shot; blind bargain, leap in the dark; pig in a poke (uncertainty) [more]; fluke, potluck; faro bank; flyer; limit.

drawing lots; sortilegy, sortition; sortes, sortes Virgilianae; rouge et noir, hazard, ante, chuck-a-luck, crack-loo [U.S.], craps, faro, roulette, pitch and toss, chuck, farthing, cup tossing, heads or talls, cross and pile, poker-dice; wager; bet, betting; gambling; the turf.

gaming house, gambling house, betting house; bucket shop; joint; totalizator, totalizer; hell; betting ring; dice, dice box; dicer; gambler, gamester; man of the turf; adventurer.

[Verbs] chance (hap) [more]; stand a chance (be possible) [more].

toss up; cast lots, draw lots; leave to chance, trust to chance, leave to the chapter of accidents, trust to the chapter of accidents; tempt fortune; chance it, take one's chance; run the risk, run the chance, incur the risk, incur the chance, encounter the risk, encounter the chance; stand the hazard of the die.

speculate, try one's luck, set on a cast, raffle, put into a lottery, buy a pig in a poke, shuffle the cards.

risk, venture, hazard, stake; ante; lay, lay a wager; make a bet, wager, bet, gamble, game, play for; play at chuck farthing.

[Adjectives] fortuitous [more]; unintentional, unintended; accidental; not meant; undesigned, purposed; unpremeditated [more]; unforeseen, never thought of.

indiscriminate, promiscuous; undirected, random; aimless, driftless, designless, purposeless, causeless; without purpose.

possible [more].

[Adverbs] casually [more]; unintentionally; unwittingly.

en passant, by the way, incidentally; as it may happen; at random, at a venture, at haphazard.

[Phrases] acierta errando; dextro tempore; "fearful concatenation of circumstances" [D. Webster]; "fortuitous combination of circumstances" [Dickens]; le jeu est le fils d'avarice et le pere du desespoic; "the happy combination of fortuitous circumstances" [Scott]; "the fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms" [Bentley].

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