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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, relating 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. 2015.
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  • Levine began working on the heat-sensing lie detector quite serendipitously.
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  • If so, life may ultimately owe its origins to our serendipitously large moon.
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  • They had been derived from drugs meant to treat infections, and were found only serendipitously to alter the mental state.
  • But some of the bacteria carry molecules that serendipitously absorb the light emitted by the vent.
  • The expedition team discovered the phenomenon of iron capture serendipitously.
Word Origin and History for serendipitously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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