Usage of fortuitous
Examples of fortuitous in a Sentence
- … the intensification of competition on the job market has only exacerbated our class anxiety, as hiring seems all the more uncertain if not fortuitous. —Jeffrey J. Williams, College English, November 2003
- … he is a brilliant candidate not despite his anti-intellectualism but because of it. He has stumbled upon a fortuitous moment in which the political culture, tired of wonks and pointy-heads and ideologues, yearns instead for a candidate unburdened by, or even hostile to, ideas. —Jonathan Chait, New Republic, 20 Dec. 1999
- Her $170, 000 bid on what is now Matanzas Creek's vineyard was accepted. The south-facing slope was a fortuitous find … its worth more than 10 times as much today. —Jeff Morgan, Wine Spectator, 15 May 1996
His presence there was entirely fortuitous.
You could not have arrived at a more fortuitous time.
Recent Examples of fortuitous from the Web
This fortuitous happenstance is the best evidence of plumes to date, the study said.
Monday was a day for networks taking quiet digs at other networks, as Upfronts week kicked off with some fortuitous timing: NBC presented its upcoming lineup to advertisers in the morning, with Fox following up in the afternoon.
One theory, grounded in the home-run surge’s fortuitous timing, is that MLB itself made the change.
Vander Esch was not on the only one pinching himself on this fortuitous night.
Then, when the Cards needed fortuitous bounces the most, Virginia got them.
The Padres took advantage of some fortuitous bounces in the top of the sixth.
The wait to select a receiver proved fortuitous for the Cowboys as well, considering that Gallup was rated as high as a second rounder on some charts but was acquired by the Cowboys with the 81st overall selection.
Having a close confidant in a quarterback like Rodgers, a Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player, could prove to be just as fortuitous for Rosen.
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Did You Know?
For some 250 years, until the early part of the 20th century, "fortuitous" meant one thing only: "happening by chance." This was no accident; its Latin forebear, fortuitus, derives from the same ancient root as the Latin word for "chance," which is "fors." But the fact that "fortuitous" sounds like a blend of "fortunate" and "felicitous" (meaning "happily suited to an occasion") may have been what ultimately led to a second meaning: "fortunate." That use has been disparaged by critics, but it is now well established. Perhaps the seeds of the newer sense were planted by earlier writers applying overtones of good fortune to something that is a chance occurrence. In fact, today we quite often apply "fortuitous" to something that is a chance occurrence but has a favorable result.
Synonym Discussion of fortuitous
- any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental
- a series of fortuitous events
- a casual encounter with a stranger
- the contingent effects of the proposed law
FORTUITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fortuitous for English Language Learners
: happening by chance
: having or showing good luck
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