Fortuitous

Happening by a lucky chance, fortunate.

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Adjective

Synonyms


  • Incidental

Root

Fortu: random, by chance, luck

Suffix- Ous: characteristic of luck.

Suffix

Ous: The state office that oversees Oregon’s public, 4-year colleges and universities: EOU, OHSU, OIT, OSU, PSU, SOU, U of O, and WOU.

Example

  • If the shipyard had been covered by insurance, the fire might have seemed a fortuitous event.
  • Still the timing of the final report releases seem fortuitous.

Related forms


for·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb

for·tu·i·tous·ness, noun

non·for·tu·i·tous, adjective

non·for·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb

non·for·tu·i·tous·ness, noun

Word Origin & History

fortuitous

1650s, from L. fortuitus, from forte "by chance," abl. of fors"chance." It means "accidental, undesigned" not "fortunate."Related: Fortuitously.