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
About the owners: Chuck Pine had a fortuitous sense of timing.
Even Thursday’s loss to Belgium was fortuitous: by finishing second in its group behind Belgium, England avoided Brazil, five-time World Cup champ and home to superstar Neymar Jr., in its quadrant.
To be an elite competitor is to jet from one iconic coastline to another, each destination a fortuitous collision of earth, wind and water.
The timing proved fortuitous because just as center referee Nawaf Shukralla waved Niang back on, Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak put his foot into a long back pass that N’Doye, sprinting off the sidelines, dashed after.
Estelle Harris, George's mom, lived in New York, but happenedto be in L.A. during casting, which proved fortuitous.
And thus, the fateful tale of the wayward corgi came to a fortuitous conclusion.
Their timing was fortuitous; wallpaper, says Stordiau, is enjoying a democratic resurgence.
Finally, in the 54th minute, Spain scored the goal which reflected their superiority, though the goal itself was fortuitous at best.
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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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