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fortunate

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

1350–1400; Middle English fortunat < Latin fortūnātus made prosperous or happy (past participle of fortūnāre). See fortune, -ate1
Related formsfor·tu·nate·ly, adverbfor·tu·nate·ness, nounqua·si-for·tu·nate, adjectivequa·si-for·tu·nate·ly, adverbsu·per·for·tu·nate, adjectivesu·per·for·tu·nate·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfelicitous fortuitous fortunate (see usage note at fortuitous)

Synonym study

1, 2. Fortunate, happy, lucky refer to persons who enjoy, or events that produce, good fortune. Fortunate implies that the success is obtained by the operation of favorable circumstances more than by direct effort; it is usually applied to grave or large matters (especially those happening in the ordinary course of things): fortunate in one's choice of a wife; a fortunate investment. Happy emphasizes a pleasant ending or something that happens at just the right moment: By a happy accident I received the package on time. Lucky, a more colloquial word, is applied to situations that turn out well by chance: lucky at cards; my lucky day.
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Related Words

favorablyhappilysuccessfullyswimminglywellauspiciouslyopportunelyprosperouslyprovidentially

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British Dictionary definitions for fortunately

fortunately

adverb
  1. (sentence modifier) it is fortunate that; luckily
  2. in a fortunate manner
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fortunate

adjective
  1. having good luck; lucky
  2. occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious
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Derived Formsfortunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fortunately

adv.

1540s, from fortunate + -ly (2).

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fortunate

adj.

late 14c., from Latin fortunatus "prospered, prosperous; lucky, happy," past participle of fortunare "to make prosperous," from fortuna (see fortune). Fortunate Islands "mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean," early 15c., translates Latin Fortunatae Insulae.

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