Definition of fortuitous in English:

fortuitous

adjective

  • 1Happening by chance rather than intention.

    ‘the similarity between the paintings may not be simply fortuitous’
    chance, unexpected, unanticipated, unpredictable, unforeseen, unlooked-for, serendipitous, casual, incidental, coincidental, haphazard, random, accidental, inadvertent, unintentional, unintended, unplanned, unpremeditated
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    1. 1.1Happening by a lucky chance; fortunate.
      ‘the ball went into the goal by a fortuitous ricochet’
      • ‘On a similar theme, red is a lucky or fortuitous colour so wedding banquets in Japan tend to have red food included.’
      • ‘Violence itself becomes a means of reassurance, a fortuitous opportunity through which the strength of re-enforced steel is tested.’
      • ‘In our analysis, we took advantage of these fortuitous differences by incorporating weather as a categorical factor.’
      • ‘This fortuitous and timely development supports faculty initiatives.’
      • ‘He laughed to himself as he walked, thinking how lucky he'd been that his prank had had such fortuitous results.’
      • ‘There things might have stayed, except for a rapid and fortuitous concatenation of circumstance and opportunity.’
      • ‘This is fortuitous because the acreage of this convention center is unfathomable.’
      • ‘Henry benefitted from several fortuitous breaks of the ball, but took full advantage as King's game began to unravel.’
      • ‘The goal was the key score, and a rather fortuitous one.’
      • ‘Make no mistake this was a hard won if rather fortuitous victory but like recent games it needn't have been so.’
      • ‘They might have been, too, but for a rather fortuitous penalty awarded with nine minutes remaining.’
      • ‘It was rather fortuitous then, to have the Prime Minister himself underline the need for a more direct and reliable land route.’
      • ‘As it turned out, it was rather fortuitous that I had stopped to have a short discussion with Irving.’
      • ‘The loft above the work space was a fortuitous accident that happened during construction.’
      • ‘The road to the professional drama circuit was rather fortuitous.’
      • ‘Much of the success of the text is by design, other aspects are by fortuitous accident.’
      • ‘By a fortuitous coincidence, it involves some real handcuffs.’
      • ‘It had been obtained by one of those fortuitous coincidences that sometimes produce great journalism.’
      • ‘It probably arose from the accidental but fortuitous fermentation of grapes from wild vines.’
      • ‘If such evidence surfaces, watch out for another fortuitous destruction of those records.’
      lucky, fortunate, providential, advantageous, timely, opportune, serendipitous, expedient, heaven-sent, auspicious, propitious, felicitous, convenient, apt
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Usage

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. Today, however, fortuitous tends to be often used to refer only to fortunate outcomes and the word has become more or less a synonym for ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate’ (the ball went into the goal by a fortuitous ricochet). Although this usage is now widespread, it is still regarded by some people as incorrect

Origin

Mid 17th century from Latin fortuitus, from forte ‘by chance’, from fors ‘chance, luck’.

Pronunciation

fortuitous

/fɔːˈtjuːɪtəs/