V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. happening by chance, especially as the result of a happy accident; 2. indicating good fortune

Synonyms: accidental, coincidental, unexpected, lucky, happy, serendipitous

Antonyms: deliberate, actuated

Tips: Although the original sense of the word fortuitous was "by chance" or "accidental," it makes sense that it should mean "by happy or lucky chance," because it originates from the Latin fors, "luck." Fortuitous is synonymous with serendipitous--both words relate to unforeseen luck or fortune that a person accidentally encounters. Fortuitous is a better adjective, while serendipity is a better noun to use in the context of lucky accidents.

Usage Examples:

Our profits were increased by a fortuitous and unexpected drop in the cost of raw materials. (lucky, serendipitous)

The early completion of the new hotel proved fortuitous, as several colleges had scheduled their spring breaks for the week of its grand opening. (lucky, serendipitous)

The unexpected demise of our largest competitor was a fortuitous boon to our quarterly sales. (lucky, fortunate)

The unusually hot summer proved fortuitous for the manufacturer of portable air conditioners. (lucky, fortunate)

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