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[fi-lis-i-tuh s] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ təs/
well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate:
The chairman's felicitous anecdote set everyone at ease.
having a special ability for suitable manner or expression, as a person.
Origin of felicitous
1725-35; felicit(y) + -ous
Related forms
felicitously, adverb
felicitousness, noun
nonfelicitous, adjective
nonfelicitously, adverb
nonfelicitousness, noun
unfelicitous, adjective
unfelicitously, adverb
unfelicitousness, noun
Can be confused
felicitous, fortuitous, fortunate. Unabridged
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  • Whenever he speaks of a friend, he is sure to be felicitous.

  • He considers himself a felicitous copy of Louis the Fourteenth!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Their repartees, felicitous propos, and pointed anecdotes are but one rolling fire of falsehoods.

  • But except for the felicitous pretense of deafness I had not tried to pretend anything.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • They, overjoyed at having seen the deity of felicitous advent, bowed down at the feet of the divine teacher.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • There is one friend who declares that she has never had a felicitous dream in her life.

    The World I Live In Helen Keller
  • The outcome of his attempted kindness to the oppressed woman had not been felicitous.

  • Too often I do not think of the bright and felicitous thing to say or do until it is too late.

    The House Eugene Field
British Dictionary definitions for felicitous


well-chosen; apt
possessing an agreeable style
producing or marked by happiness
Derived Forms
felicitously, adverb
felicitousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for felicitous

1530s (implied in felicitously), from felicity + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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