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English Dictionary: fortunate by the DICT Development Group
2 results for fortunate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"
    Antonym(s): unfortunate
  2. supremely favored; "golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust"
    Synonym(s): fortunate, golden
  3. presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school"; "rosy predictions"
    Synonym(s): fortunate, rosy
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fortunate \For"tu*nate\ (?; 135), a. [L. fortunatus, p. p. of
      fortunare to make fortunate or prosperous, fr. fortuna. See
      {Fortune}, n.]
      1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some
            good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness;
            auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence
            of circumstances; a fortunate investment.
      2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good
            which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts;
            favored with good forune; lucky.
      Syn: Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored;
      Usage: {Fortunate}, {Successful}, {Prosperous}. A man is
                  fortunate, when he is favored of fortune, and has
                  unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful when he
                  gains what he aims at; prosperous when he succeeds in
                  those things which men commonly desire. One may be
                  fortunate, in some cases, where he is not successful;
                  he may be successful, but, if he has been mistaken in
                  the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that
                  reason fail to be prosperous.
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