Many object to the use of fortuitous to mean simply “fortunate” and insist that it should be limited to its original sense of “accidental.” In modern standard use, however, fortuitous almost always carries the senses both of accident or chance and luck or fortune. It is infrequently used in its sense of “accidental” without the suggestion of good luck, and even less frequently in the sense “lucky” without at least a suggestion of accident or chance: A fortuitous encounter with a former schoolmate led to a new and successful career for the artist.
- for·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
- for·tu·i·tous·ness, noun
- non·for·tu·i·tous, adjective
- non·for·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
- non·for·tu·i·tous·ness, noun
- un·for·tu·i·tous, adjective
- un·for·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
- un·for·tu·i·tous·ness, noun
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How to use fortuitous in a sentence
That is just the first of several fortuitous twists of fate.Roger Federer may be out with an injury, but he’s present — and forthcoming — in a new book | Michael Cavna | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Over time, a sphere of rock formed around the fossil before eventually breaking open in a fortuitous way.How fossilization preserved a 310-million-year-old horseshoe crab’s brain | Rebecca Dzombak | August 20, 2021 | Science News
It was a far less fortuitous time to be an autistic person in the real world.Atypical Fell Short as Both Autistic Representation and Entertainment. At Least It Was Eclipsed During Its Own Time | Sarah Kurchak | July 16, 2021 | Time
It was a fortuitous find, as most of the brewery’s archives had been destroyed in a series of fires.Senate, a classic D.C. beer, is on tap at Nationals Park this season | Scott Allen | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
It was a fortuitous time to have one, for the pressing question of the day regarding her race was how to deal with its continued subjugation, often enforced by lynching.A child’s murder, a lynch mob and the early days of the NAACP | Jerald Walker | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
“It was a fortuitous discovery,” Bruenn told The Daily Beast last week.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It. | Michael Daly | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But all kinds of fortuitous circumstances—important people “seeing that”—led him to getting cast in Inside Llewyn Davis.‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Is About to Be a Very Big Deal | Kevin Fallon | December 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
All of which is why the juxtaposition of these two cases is fortuitous.
And 1968 was a fortuitous year to become European Champions: it was the year that defined an age.
What is useful in sport might be less fortuitous in other circumstances.
But the inordinate and fortuitous gains from land are really only one example from a general class.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In short, birth was fortuitous, a product of circumstance plus proximity, its get a biological accident.
Many finds have been simply fortuitous, but tombs have been the most valuable repositories.The Towns of Roman Britain | James Oliver Bevan
This one has ended in a great good; really, it's the most fortuitous happening in my brief career as a minister of the Gospel.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
No one supposes the agreement with the phenomena of light with the theory of undulations to be merely fortuitous.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
British Dictionary definitions for fortuitous
happening by chance, esp by a lucky chance; unplanned; accidental
- fortuitously, adverb
- fortuitousness, noun
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