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serendipitous

[ser-uh n-dip-i-tuh s]
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adjective
  1. come upon or found by accident; fortuitous: serendipitous scientific discoveries.
  2. of, relating to, or suggesting serendipity.
  3. good; beneficial; favorable: serendipitous weather for our vacation.
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Origin of serendipitous

First recorded in 1940–45; serendipit(y) + -ous
Related formsser·en·dip·i·tous·ly, adverb
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  • Albania will rebuild its future on the back of the serendipitous refugees of Kosovo.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


Word Origin and History for serendipitous

adj.

1914; see serendipity + -ous. Related: Serendipitously.

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