fortuitous
adjective Etymology: Latin fortuitus; akin to Latin fort-, fors chance — more at fortune Date: 1653 1. occurring by chance 2. a. fortunate, lucky <
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b. coming or happening by a lucky chance <
belted down the stairs, and there was a fortuitous train — Doris Lessing
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Synonyms: see accidentalfortuitously adverbfortuitousness noun Usage: Sense 2a has been influenced in meaning by fortunate. It has been in standard if not elevated use for some 70 years, but is still disdained by some critics. Sense 2b, a blend of 1 and 2a, is virtually unnoticed by the critics. Sense 1 is the only sense commonly used in negative constructions.

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  • fortuitous — [fôr to͞o′ə təs, fôrtyo͞o′ə təs] adj. [L fortuitus < forte, by chance < fors (gen. fortis), chance, luck < IE * bhr̥tis < base * bher , to bring > BEAR1] 1. happening by chance; accidental 2. bringing, or happening by, good luck;… …   English World dictionary

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