fortunate

[fawr-chuh-nit]
adjective
1.
having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.
2.
bringing or indicating good fortune; resulting favorably; auspicious: She made a fortunate decision to go on to medical school.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English fortunat < Latin fortūnātus made prosperous or happy (past participle of fortūnāre). See fortune, -ate1

fortunately, adverb
fortunateness, noun
quasi-fortunate, adjective
quasi-fortunately, adverb
superfortunate, adjective
superfortunately, adverb

felicitous, fortuitous, fortunate (see usage note at fortuitous).


1. advantageous, successful, prosperous. Fortunate, happy, lucky refer to persons who enjoy, or events that produce, good fortune. Fortunate implies that the success is obtained by the operation of favorable circumstances more than by direct effort; it is usually applied to grave or large matters (especially those happening in the ordinary course of things): fortunate in one's choice of a wife; a fortunate investment. Happy emphasizes a pleasant ending or something that happens at just the right moment: By a happy accident I received the package on time. Lucky a more colloquial word, is applied to situations that turn out well by chance: lucky at cards; my lucky day.
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fortunate (ˈfɔːtʃənɪt)
 
adj
1.  having good luck; lucky
2.  occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious
 
'fortunateness
 
n

fortunately (ˈfɔːtʃənɪtlɪ)
 
adv
1.  (sentence modifier) it is fortunate that; luckily
2.  in a fortunate manner

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Word Origin & History

fortunate
late 14c., L. fortunatus, from fortunare, from fortuna (see fortune). Related: Fortunately. Fortunate Islands "mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean," early 15c., translates L. Fortunatae Insulae.
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Example sentences
Fortunately no lives were lost, though, there were many narrow escapes.
Fortunately, publishers are alert to this need and are supplying perhaps even
  more than the market can profitably absorb.
Fortunately, this imagery is invoked only a couple of times.
But it was the only smudge on this area-and fortunately.
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