[fawr-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]

noun, plural for·tu·i·ties 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of fortuity

Historical Examples of fortuity

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fortuity


noun plural -ties

a chance or accidental occurrence
chance or accident
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Word Origin and History for fortuity

1747, from fortuitous + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper