fortunate

adjective
for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯrch-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) , 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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Single-payer proponents’ support turns on the idea that health care is a human right, even for the less fortunate. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The case for single-payer, explained in 3 charts," 3 Aug. 2018 Each of her children took roles that serve those less fortunate through law, financial services, nursing and public health. courant.com, "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018 The safety and affluence of liberal democratic societies makes them magnets for people from less fortunate parts of the world fleeing the poverty and violence that were inescapable for most of human history. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 Each emphasized their empathy with the less fortunate and their scorn for President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Democratic governor candidates seek edge for final sprint to primary," 2 July 2018 The less fortunate often are hacked from limb to limb, or strung up from a lamppost, or both. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "(Bleep) civility! 'Trump-shaming' is what happens when elites won't listen to the people | Will Bunch," 26 June 2018 But the less fortunate have become easy prey for rehabs with a tantalizing promise: freedom from addiction for free. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 No one can see this movie without being moved by the plight of the less fortunate. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Lean on Pete' is a real heartbreaker (review)," 27 Apr. 2018 Not just to me, and to @izzyfalchuk and Brody, but to all of us who are fortunate enough to know and love you. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Has a Sweet Birthday Message for Ex-Husband Chris Martin," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 How to pronounce fortunate (audio) \

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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