Fortuitous
Fortuitous For*tu"i*tous, a. [L. fortuitus; akin to forte, adv., by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See {Fortune}.] 1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous concourse of atoms. [1913 Webster]

It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed. --Robertson. [1913 Webster]

So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon the whole. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes. --Abbott.

Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See {Accidental}. -- {For*tu"i*tous*ly}, adv. -- {For*tu"i*tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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