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
The size and timing of the find appeared so fortuitous, then-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said God must be Brazilian.
Giorno made another fortuitous connection, in 1964, with William S. Burroughs.
Thanks to some fortuitous timing, golfers have to weigh in on the matter.
Looking back, Stanley says the timing of Superstorm Sandy was actually fortuitous for his museum, the Whitney.
For Everton's current crop of first-team stars, any last sinew of confidence drained away from them the moment that Lyon bagged their first - and slightly fortuitous at that - goal in the 3-0 victory in the Europa League on Thursday night.
On top of that, the Orange are a fortuitous opponent to draw for this scenario.
The timing of these awards could be fortuitous for Musk, SpaceX, and the BFR.
Then a fortuitous pass interference in the national title game against the Miami Hurricanes allowed a second OT where Ohio State won.
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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
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