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fortunate

[fawr-chuh-nit] /ˈfɔr tʃə nɪt/
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
1350-1400; Middle English fortunat < Latin fortūnātus made prosperous or happy (past participle of fortūnāre). See fortune, -ate1
Related forms
fortunately, adverb
fortunateness, noun
quasi-fortunate, adjective
quasi-fortunately, adverb
superfortunate, adjective
superfortunately, adverb
Can be confused
felicitous, fortuitous, fortunate (see usage note at fortuitous)
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for quasi fortunate

fortunate

/ˈfɔːtʃənɪt/
adjective
1.
having good luck; lucky
2.
occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious
Derived Forms
fortunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quasi fortunate

fortunate

adj.

late 14c., from Latin fortunatus "prospered, prosperous; lucky, happy," past participle of fortunare "to make prosperous," from fortuna (see fortune). Fortunate Islands "mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean," early 15c., translates Latin Fortunatae Insulae.

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