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[fawr-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /fɔrˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural fortuities for 2, 3.
the state or quality of being fortuitous; fortuitous character.
an accidental occurrence.
an instance of great luck or good fortune.
Origin of fortuity
First recorded in 1740-50; fortuit(ous) + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It all rested on the fortuity of her getting five minutes alone with him.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • In the Bible there is no fortuity: a great secret was hidden here.

  • And in some cases consideration only increases the fortuity of its results.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • Indoors Kirkwood faced unhappily the enigma of fortuity, wondering: Was this by any possibility Number 9?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The permanency and durability of books is largely a matter of relativity and fortuity.

    The Reign of the Manuscript Perry Wayland Sinks
  • Let us change the situation then, but let us change it thoroughly, and so that its fortuity becomes powerless, and a law!

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • His succession to the throne was rather a fortuity than the result of hereditary claim.

British Dictionary definitions for fortuity


noun (pl) -ties
a chance or accidental occurrence
chance or accident
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fortuity

1747, from fortuitous + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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