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[ser-uh n-dip-i-tuh s] /ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ təs/
come upon or found by accident; fortuitous:
serendipitous scientific discoveries.
of, pertaining to, or suggesting serendipity.
good; beneficial; favorable:
serendipitous weather for our vacation.
1940-45; serendipit(y) + -ous
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serendipitously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • But she still marvels at the serendipitous way she got involved with quilts.
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  • What followed lunch that day was a serendipitous discovery.
  • It has the serendipitous charm of a flea market, but the quality of a high-end boutique.
  • But compiling a crowd this way is tedious, and not conducive to serendipitous discovery.
  • Actually, the consequences may prove even more serendipitous.
  • It's a place for solitary reflection as well as serendipitous encounters in the context of intellectual seriousness.
  • Going even further, select companies build in mechanisms for capturing serendipitous discoveries.
Word Origin and History for serendipitous

1914; see serendipity + -ous. Related: Serendipitously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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