• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obvention The act of happening incidentally; that which happens casually; an incidental advantage; an occasional offering. "Tithes and other obventions .""Legacies bequeathed by the deaths of princes and great persons, and other casualities and obventions ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obvention That which happens or is done or made incidentally or occasionally; incidental advantage; specifically, an offering, a tithe, or an oblation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Obvention ob-ven′shun (obs.) any incidental occurrence, or advantage, esp. an offering.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obvention, fr. obvenire, to come before or in the way of, to befall; ob,see Ob-) + venire, to come: cf. F. obvention,