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
Although Leckie's second goal was slightly fortuitous, VfB Stuttgart defender Ailton was taken apart down the Swabians left side in the build up to his opening strike.
With my Instagram hacker in my life, my fortuitous situation stared me in the face.
Dawson's playing career began in a similarly fortuitous way.
Those moments led to some of the most fortuitous discoveries of my life.
A bus full of lucky San Diego Comic-Con attendees discovered this fact in a very fortuitous way when three members of the cast — Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, and Summer Bishil — crashed Syfy's Cosplay Karaoke bus on Friday night.
There was nothing lucky or fortuitous or nepotistic about it.
A fast bid process How Tryon got the World Equestrian Games in the first place seems fortuitous in retrospect.
But there was another reason Apple wouldn’t so readily part with this cash: The majority of it was in Ireland because of the company’s fortuitous creation of Apple Operations International in Ireland in 1980.
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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.
Synonymsfluky (also flukey), fortunate, happy, heaven-sent, lucky, providential
Antonymshapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless, star-crossed, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky
Related Wordsconvenient, opportune, seasonable, timely; unexpected, unforeseen, unlooked-for; accidental, chance, coincidental, serendipitous; auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious; benign, favorable, golden, good, halcyon; advantageous, beneficial, profitable
Near Antonymsinconvenient, inopportune, unseasonable, untimely; anticipated, expected, foreseen; deliberate, intentional, planned; inauspicious, unpromising; calamitous, catastrophic, disastrous
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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