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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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  • But once in a while a group of instructions will bump into each other, join together, and begin to cooperate in a felicitous way.
  • The idea that your palate and your vocabulary expand simultaneously might sound felicitous, but there is a catch.
  • Names are generally made up of two, and characters having a felicitous meaning are always selected.
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  • Days could be spent in devising felicitous coincidences to allow the brief exchange in the laundry room to be picked up elsewhere.
  • Use and misuse of an old, felicitous device for the communication of intelligence.
  • Contrasts felicitous closings by both native and highly proficient nonnative speakers with felicitous closings by nonnatives.
British Dictionary definitions for felicitous


well-chosen; apt
possessing an agreeable style
producing or marked by happiness
Derived Forms
felicitously, adverb
felicitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for felicitous

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

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