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fortunate

[ fawr-chuh-nit ]
/ ˈfɔr tʃə nɪt /
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adjective

having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.
bringing or indicating good fortune: resulting favorably; auspicious: She made a fortunate decision to go on to medical school.
well-to-do; comfortable; prosperous: a summer camp for less fortunate fourth graders.

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Origin of fortunate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English fortunat, from Latin fortūnātus “made prosperous or happy” (past participle of fortūnāre ); see fortune, -ate1

words often confused with fortunate

OTHER WORDS FROM fortunate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fortunate

felicitous, fortuitous, fortunate (see confusables note at fortuitous)
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Someone who is fortunate has good fortune or enjoys good luck and success. How is fortunate different from happy and lucky? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for fortunate

fortunate
/ (ˈfɔːtʃənɪt) /

adjective

having good luck; lucky
occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious

Derived forms of fortunate

fortunateness, noun
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