Fortuitous



[fawr-too-i-tuh s, -tyoo-] /fɔrˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-/

adjective
1.
happening or produced by chance; accidental:
a fortuitous encounter.
2.
lucky; fortunate:
a series of fortuitous events that advanced her career.
/fɔːˈtjuːɪtəs/
adjective
1.
happening by chance, esp by a lucky chance; unplanned; accidental
adj.

1650s, from Latin fortuitus “happening by chance, casual, accidental,” from forte “by chance,” ablative of fors “chance” (related to fortuna; see fortune). It means “accidental, undesigned” not “fortunate.” Earlier in this sense was fortuit (late 14c.), from French. Related: Fortuitously; fortuitousness.

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