fortunate

adjective
for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯrch-nət , ˈfȯr-chə-\

Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain : auspicious made a fortunate investment
2 : receiving some unexpected good How fortunate we are to get such a nice room!

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Other Words from fortunate

fortunateness noun

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lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result. won because of a lucky bounce fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts. fortunate in my investments happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed. a series of happy accidents providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power. a providential change in the weather

Examples of fortunate in a Sentence

How fortunate we were to find that restaurant! We should try to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

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Given such congressional hostility, the special prosecutors were fortunate to rescind the fraudulent oil leases and secure a few convictions. Andrew Coan, WSJ, "Why Robert Mueller’s Predecessors Usually Didn’t Prevail," 25 Jan. 2019 But this latest appearance seems apropos: The Duchess spent the day cooking with close friends and giving thanks, all while helping those less fortunate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Gets Into the Thanksgiving Spirit," 21 Nov. 2018 The hosts are rather fortunate to be up six heading into the final 4:37. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018 So real estate is the first priority for the fortunate. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 Life was her stage, and those fortunate enough to know her were her audience. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "22 Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 By New York real estate standards, Malcolm Carfrae–an Australian transplant and the founder of PR and marketing firms with a fashionable roster of clients, including DVF and Zimmermann—was fortunate. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 Another example of green inequality: The less fortunate Californians pay the second-highest state gasoline tax but not those who can afford Teslas and other expensive electric cars that use little or no gas. WSJ, "California’s Green Rules Hurt the Poor More," 23 Sep. 2018 Others, more fortunate, have begun rebuilding lives. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fortunate was in the 14th century

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fortunate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fortunate

: having good luck : enjoying good fortune
: coming or happening because of good luck

fortunate

adjective
for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯr-chə-nət \

Kids Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing a good result a fortunate discovery
2 : having good luck : lucky She was fortunate to have avoided injury.

Other Words from fortunate

fortunately adverb

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