2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fortuitous \For*tu"i*tous\, adjective [L. fortuitus; akin to forte, adverb, by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See {Fortune}.]

1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous concourse of atoms.

It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed. --Robertson.

So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon the whole. --Hazlitt.

2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes. --Abbott.

Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See {Accidental}. -- {For*tu"i*tous*ly}, adverb -- {For*tu"i*tous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: by good fortune; "fortunately the weather was good" [syn: {fortunately}, {fortuitously}, {luckily}, {as luck would have it}] [ant: {alas}, {regrettably}, {unfortunately}, {unluckily}]

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