What is luck?

  • (noun): An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome.
    Example: "It was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"
    Synonyms: fortune
    See also — Additional definitions below


Luck or chance is fortune (whether bad or good) which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention, or desired result. There are at least two senses people usually mean when they use the term, the prescriptive sense and the descriptive sense. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic concept that there are forces (e.g. gods or spirits) which prescribe that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will prescribe that certain events occur. It is the prescriptive sense that people mean when they say they "do not believe in luck". In the descriptive sense, luck is a word people give after the occurrence of events which they find to be fortuitous or unfortuitous, and maybe improbable.

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More definitions of "luck":

  • (noun): An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another.
    Example: "Bad luck caused his downfall"
    Synonyms: fortune, chance, hazard

Famous quotes containing the word luck:

    This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    You could see his sunglasses scanning those faces as they passed, and he must have decided that Rikki’s was the one he was waiting for, the wild card and the luck changer. The new one.
    William Gibson (b. 1948)