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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Definitions for fortuitous

  1. Happening by chance; coming or occurring by accident, or without any known cause.
  2. Happening by a fortunate or lucky chance.
  3. Fortunate or lucky.

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Citations for fortuitous
The profession, the political faith, the entire life of many men, depend on chance circumstances, on what is fortuitous, on the caprice and the unexpected turns of fate. Juan Valera, Pepita Jimenez
They paint, in the most magnificent colours, the order, beauty, and wise arrangement of the universe; and then ask, if such a glorious display of intelligence could proceed from the fortuitous concourse of atoms, or if chance could produce what the greatest genius can never sufficiently admire. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Origin of fortuitous
1645-1655
Fortuitous comes from Latin fortuitus, "accidental," from fors, "chance, luck."