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fortuitous

Synonyms of fortuitous in English:

adjective

  • 1 a fortuitous resemblance
    chance, adventitious, unexpected, unanticipated, unpredictable, unforeseen, unlooked-for, serendipitous, casual, incidental, coincidental, random, accidental, inadvertent, unintentional, unintended, unplanned, unpremeditated
    [Antonyms] predictable
  • 2 the Red Wings were saved by a fortuitous rebound
    lucky, fluky, fortunate, providential, advantageous, timely, opportune, serendipitous, heaven-sent
    [Antonyms] unlucky
  • Usage

    fortuitous

    The traditional, etymological meaning of fortuitous is ‘happening by chance’: a fortuitous meeting is a chance meeting, which might turn out to be either a good thing or a bad thing. In modern uses, however, fortuitous tends more often to be used to refer to fortunate outcomes, and the word has become more or less a synonym for ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate.’ This use is frowned upon as being not etymologically correct and is best avoided except in informal contexts.

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