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English Dictionary: fortuitous by the DICT Development Group
2 results for fortuitous
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
fortuitous
adj
  1. having no cause or apparent cause; "a causeless miracle"; "fortuitous encounters--strange accidents of fortune"; "we cannot regard artistic invention as...uncaused and unrelated to the times"
    Synonym(s): causeless, fortuitous, uncaused
  2. occurring by happy chance; "profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fortuitous \For*tu"i*tous\, a. [L. fortuitus; akin to forte,
      adv., by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See
      {Fortune}.]
      1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or
            without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous
            concourse of atoms.
  
                     It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that
                     all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.
                                                                              --Robertson.
  
                     So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon
                     the whole.                                          --Hazlitt.
  
      2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of
            foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes.
            --Abbott.
  
      Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See
               {Accidental}. -- {For*tu"i*tous*ly}, adv. --
               {For*tu"i*tous*ness}, n.
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