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[fawr-chuh-nit] /ˈfɔr tʃə nɪt/

having good ; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky:
a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.
bringing or indicating good ; resulting favorably; auspicious:
She made a fortunate decision to go on to medical school.
(sentence modifier) it is fortunate that; luckily
in a fortunate manner
having good luck; lucky
occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious

1540s, from fortunate + -ly (2).

late 14c., from Latin fortunatus “prospered, prosperous; lucky, happy,” past participle of fortunare “to make prosperous,” from fortuna (see fortune). Fortunate Islands “mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean,” early 15c., translates Latin Fortunatae Insulae.


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