fortuitous

  • 1fortuitous — fortuitous, fortuitously 1. The OED and all reputable dictionaries show fortuitous to be a word with only one meaning, ‘caused by chance, accidental’. Addison wrote in the Spectator in 1712 that the highest Degree of [wisdom] which Man can… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2Fortuitous — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3fortuitous — I adjective accidental, adventitious, casual, chance, circumstantial, coincidental, designless, forte oblatus, fortuitus, haphazard, happening by chance, involuntary, lucky, occurring by chance, providential, random, spontaneous, surprise,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4fortuitous — 1650s, from L. fortuitus happening by chance, casual, accidental, from forte by chance, ablative of fors chance (related to fortuna; see FORTUNE (Cf. fortune)). It means accidental, undesigned not fortunate. Earlier in this sense was fortuit… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5fortuitous — *accidental, contingent, casual, incidental, adventitious Analogous words: *random, haphazard, chance, chancy, hit or miss Contrasted words: activated, actuated, motivated (see ACTIVATE): planned, projected, designed, schemed, plotted (see… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6fortuitous — [adj] lucky, accidental arbitrary, casual, chance, contingent, fluke*, fluky*, fortunate, haphazard, happy, incidental, luck in*, luck out*, lucky dog*, odd, providential, random, serendipitous, unforeseen, unplanned; concepts 548,552 Ant.… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7fortuitous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) happening by chance rather than design. 2) happening by a lucky chance; fortunate. DERIVATIVES fortuitously adverb fortuitousness noun fortuity noun (pl. fortuities) . ORIGIN Latin fortuitus, from forte …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8fortuitous — [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

  • 9fortuitous — fortuitously, adv. fortuitousness, n. /fawr tooh i teuhs, tyooh /, adj. 1. happening or produced by chance; accidental: a fortuitous encounter. 2. lucky; fortunate: a series of fortuitous events that advanced her career. [1645 55; < L fortuitus,&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 10fortuitous — adjective 1) a fortuitous resemblance Syn: chance, adventitious, unexpected, unanticipated, unpredictable, unforeseen, unlooked for, serendipitous, casual, incidental, coincidental, random, accidental, inadvertent, unintentional, unintended …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11fortuitous — for•tu•i•tous [[t]fɔrˈtu ɪ təs, ˈtyu [/t]] adj. 1) happening or produced by chance; accidental: a fortuitous encounter[/ex] 2) lucky; fortunate • Etymology: 1645–55; &LT; L fortuitus, akin to fors, gen. fortis chance, luck for•tu′i•tous•ly, adv.&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12fortuitous —    Not to be confused with fortunate, as it was here: If Mr. Perellas merger assignment was mostly chance, it nevertheless was fortuitous (New York Times). Fortuitous means accidental or by chance, so this sentence is telling us that Mr. Perellas …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 13fortuitous — adjective Etymology: Latin fortuitus; akin to Latin fort , fors chance more at fortune Date: 1653 1. occurring by chance 2. a. fortunate, lucky < from a cost standpoint, the company s timing is fortuitous Business Week > b. coming or happening by …

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  • 14fortuitous — See felicitous, fortuitous, fortunate See fortuitous, fortunate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15fortuitous — [[t]fɔː(r)tju͟ːɪtəs, AM tu͟ː [/t]] ADJ GRADED You can describe something as fortuitous if it happens, by chance, to be very successful or pleasant. Their success is the result of a fortuitous combination of circumstances. Syn: lucky …

    English dictionary

  • 16fortuitous — adj. Fortuitous is used with these nouns: ↑discovery, ↑timing …

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  • 17fortuitous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. casual, chance. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. accidental, chance, serendipitous; see accidental . See Synonym Study at accidental . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [for TOO uh tus] …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18fortuitous — for|tu|i|tous [fo:ˈtju:ıtəs US fo:rˈtu: ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: fortuitus, from fors chance, luck ] happening by chance, especially in a way that has a good result ▪ The meeting with Jack was fortuitous. &GT;fortuitously&#8230; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19fortuitous — for|tu|i|tous [ fɔr tuıtəs ] adjective FORMAL happening by chance, especially in a way that is lucky or convenient: The timing of her departure was entirely fortuitous. ╾ for|tu|i|tous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20fortuitous —  means by chance; it is not a synonym for fortunate. A fortuitous event may be fortunate, but equally it may not …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors