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 (fôr-to͞o′ĭ-təs, -tyo͞o′-)
1. Happening by accident or chance. See Synonyms at accidental.
2. Resulting in good fortune; lucky.

[Latin fortuītus; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

for·tu′i·tous·ly adv.
for·tu′i·tous·ness n.
Usage Note: The traditional meaning of fortuitous is "happening by chance, accidental." Perhaps because many chance events are favorable or because of the similarity of fortuitous to fortunate and felicitous, fortuitous has acquired the meaning "characterized by good fortune, lucky." (Note that the word fortunate underwent a similar shift in meaning centuries ago.) In our 2005 survey, a solid majority of the Usage Panel accepted the use of the word to mean "lucky." Some 68 percent accepted the sentence The photographer felt that it was very fortuitous that she was in place to take the winning photo, where the adverb very rules out the possibility that the word might mean "accidental." A similar percentage (67) accepted the sentence The meeting proved fortuitous: I came away with a much better idea of my role, where the verb prove makes the meaning "accidental" an unlikely fit. This two-thirds majority stands in stark contrast to the 85 percent that rejected this same sentence in 1967. Nonetheless, writers should take care to avoid creating contexts in which the meaning of the word is ambiguous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fortuitousness - the quality of happening accidentally and by lucky chance
uncertainness, uncertainty, precariousness - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"


The quality shared by random, unintended, or unpredictable events or this quality regarded as the cause of such events:


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References in classic literature ?
Such perfection of form, such hollowness that it certainly possessed, could not be the result of mere fortuitousness. A child of intelligences, remote and unguessable, working corporally in metals, it indubitably was.
Q Can you talk about the fortuitousness of the timing of the merger, which came at a time when the need for investment and scale just reached a whole new level?
Grading the essay answers of thousands of bar examinees in a span of a mere five months gives fortuitousness a big latitude of influence in the determination of who will make the list.
(83) The court's concern about "fortuitousness" (84) is really related to the defendant's lack of knowledge of a user's location--that Indiana residents probably read their emails in Indiana, as they would a letter, is not fortuitous.
On the one side are those in the Wesleyan-Arminian and, more recently, open theistic and process traditions that have advocated a theological vision of divine providence working in and through the chanciness of creation's processes; on the other side are, usually, Reformed thinkers, especially conservative (often Westminster confessional) theologians, who have labored to insist on God's sovereignty sometimes despite but more often over the appearances of fortuitousness and haphazardness in the nature of things.
In practice this would mean emphasizing the eventfulness of speech acts, translating the experience of shock to prosody, displaying the fortuitousness of aesthetic experience as much as the orderliness.
In addition to having humorous elements, Warburton, 52, told IBT viewers will find that the Netflix original is "really about tenacity and fortuitousness." The orphans, whom Lemony is "always keeping an eye on," are constantly being pursued by the evil ( Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
The designer was commissioned to create the new Blau collection after an introduction whose fortuitousness recalls the origin story of Gandia's first furniture initiative 20 years ago.
Recognizing the fortuitousness of the encounter, the CFO pulled Cohan aside to solicit his advice on improving GE stock.
citizen--and whose participation in this momentous correspondence owed as much to fortuitousness as to credibility: He had driven his professional acquaintance Szilard to the follow-up huddle at the beach.
59 patients at the age 46.4[+ or -]3.49 years old were included in the investigation, including 17 patients (28.8%)--1 group with normal level of UA in the blood (254.2[+ or -]16.01 mmol/l), 22 patients (37.3%)--2 group with moderate level of UA in the blood (295.1[+ or -]15.83 mmol/l) and 20 patients (33.9%) with extremely high level of UA in the blood (up to 350.0[+ or -]17.85 mmol/l) Patients with the different level of UA were determined in the ambulatory level and fortuitousness during preventive investigations of people who joined to work.
When we think about knowledge, however, if we have learned our lessons from the Gettier literature, our focus turns elsewhere immediately: we think about the possibility of fortuitousness, of accidentality, of being right only by chance.