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
There’s no doubt that the history of science is filled with fortuitous finds and moments of unanticipated connection.
Contreras-Sweet's offer for the company, which represented a fortuitous chance for survival for the studio, first came to light in November.
Trailing 43-39, the Huskies took control of the game with 29-8 run that began with a pair of Nowell free throws and ended with a fortuitous three-pointer by Matisse Thybulle.
The Polos couldn’t have foreseen how fortuitous her name would be.
Whilst Nacho continues to thrive so far this season, the club's fortunes have not been as fortuitous as Real Madrid currently languish in fourth place in the league - 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, with just one game in hand.
Trailing by one shot to Ortiz to start the final round, Niemann tied for the lead with one fortuitous bounce.
For a kid from Eagle who planned to skip college, work at Pizza Hut full time and slog it out in the Hollywood trenches, this has been one of several fortuitous turn of events.
Admirably, there has been no shortage of people - including fellow players - wishing Mason a fortuitous future.
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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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