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felicitous

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adjective fe·lic·i·tous \fi-ˈli-sə-təs\

Simple Definition of felicitous

  • : very well suited for some purpose or situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of felicitous

  1. 1 :  very well suited or expressed :  apt <a felicitous remark>

  2. 2 :  pleasant, delightful <felicitous weather>

felicitously adverb
felicitousness noun

Examples of felicitous in a sentence

  1. a felicitous combination of flavors

  2. <a felicitous accompaniment to dinner is provided by a harpist on weekends at the restaurant>



Did You Know?

The adjective "felicitous" has been a part of our language since the late 18th century, but "felicity," the noun meaning "great happiness," and later, "aptness," was around even in Middle English (as "felicite," a borrowing from Anglo-French). Both words ultimately derive from the Latin adjective felix, meaning "fruitful" or "happy." The connection between "happy" and "felicitous" continues today in that both words can mean "notably fitting, effective, or well adapted." "Happy" typically suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate (as in "a happy choice of words"), and "felicitous" often implies an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful (as in "a felicitous phrase").

1789

First Known Use of felicitous

1789

Synonym Discussion of felicitous

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <fit for battle>. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <clothes suitable for camping>. meet suggests a just proportioning <meet payment>. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <proper acknowledgement>. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <an appropriate gift>. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <a fitting end>. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <apt quotations>. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <a happy choice of words>. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <a felicitous phrase>.

Rhymes with felicitous



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