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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bifallinge, equivalent to befall +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch bevalling(delivery, confinement), Swedish befallning(command, behest, charge).

NounEdit

befalling ‎(plural befallings)

  1. A happening; occurrence; chance; event.

VerbEdit

befalling

  1. present participle of befall

AdjectiveEdit

befalling ‎(comparative more befalling, superlative most befalling)

  1. (archaic) Appertaining; appropriate; fitting.
    • 1542, John Udall, The apophthegmes of Erasmus:
      Bountie and largesse is befalling for kynges.