[fi-lis-i-tuh s]
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  1. well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate: The chairman's felicitous anecdote set everyone at ease.
  2. having a special ability for suitable manner or expression, as a person.

Origin of felicitous

First recorded in 1725–35; felicit(y) + -ous
Related formsfe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbfe·lic·i·tous·ness, nounnon·fe·lic·i·tous, adjectivenon·fe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbnon·fe·lic·i·tous·ness, nounun·fe·lic·i·tous, adjectiveun·fe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbun·fe·lic·i·tous·ness, noun
Can be confusedfelicitous fortuitous fortunate
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  1. well-chosen; apt
  2. possessing an agreeable style
  3. producing or marked by happiness
Derived Formsfelicitously, adverbfelicitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for felicitous

1530s (implied in felicitously), from felicity + -ous.

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