serendipitous

adjective
ser·​en·​dip·​i·​tous | \ ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-təs \

Definition of serendipitous

: obtained or characterized by serendipity serendipitous discoveries

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serendipitously adverb

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This fusion makes trips by turns serendipitous and preplanned, a blend of anything-goes adventure and the clock-watching precision of a big-ship cruise. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Per People, the region has struggled with issues of drought over the last few years, making the ensuing bad weather somewhat serendipitous. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wants Prince Harry to Stand Under Her Umbrella," 17 Oct. 2018 And then, Ellis got her sign, in the strange and serendipitous manner in which signs tend to arrive. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "“Every morning, I wake up and notice something new about it”," 3 Dec. 2018 They are disciplined excursions that—as with the patch of grass—often begin with an accident or serendipitous encounter. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018 Titans: Drafted 199th but coming off a productive college career (and with some undervalued attributes), sixth rounder Luke Falk has some serendipitous linkage to Tom Brady ... but let's not get carried away. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 As an adult, Shein’s family doubled in size following a serendipitous outing by his wife, Melissa. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Russian immigrant seeks Democratic nod for Alaska House seat," 6 Aug. 2018 The setup is all the more serendipitous as the downstairs apartment was largely an agglomeration of subletters who found rooms on the Facebook group Gypsy Housing. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "When the Downstairs Neighbors Become Best Friends," 30 Apr. 2018 Feeling completely fit these days, Nadal is hoping for another serendipitous moment at Wimbledon. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Rafael Nadal has big advantage vs. Juan Martin del Potro in Wimbledon quarterfinals," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of serendipitous

1943, in the meaning defined above

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