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serendipitous

[ser-uh n-dip-i-tuh s] /ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
come upon or found by accident; fortuitous:
serendipitous scientific discoveries.
2.
of, relating to, or suggesting serendipity.
3.
good; beneficial; favorable:
serendipitous weather for our vacation.
Origin of serendipitous
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45; serendipit(y) + -ous
Related forms
serendipitously, adverb
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  • Albania will rebuild its future on the back of the serendipitous refugees of Kosovo.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
Word Origin and History for serendipitous
adj.

1914; see serendipity + -ous. Related: Serendipitously.

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