fortunate vs fortuitous

fortunate fortuitous


  • 1) One who has good fortune, especially a wealthy person.
  • 2) In astrology, a favorable planet. Nares. See extract under fortitude, 3.
  • 3) Presaging happiness.
  • 4) Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.
  • 5) Auspicious.
  • 6) Coming by good luck or favorable chance.
  • 7) Receiving some unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts.
  • 8) Lucky, favored by fortune.
  • 9) Having unexpected good fortune; lucky.
  • 10) Bringing something good and unforeseen; auspicious.
  • 11) Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious
  • 12) 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.
  • 13) having unexpected good fortune
  • 14) supremely favored
  • 15) Bringing or presaging good fortune; resulting favorably, as something uncertain; having a happy issue; auspicious; felicitous: as, a fortunate speculation; a fortunate accident.
  • 16) Having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky.
  • 17) Synonyms Felicitous, Lucky, etc. (See happy.) Fortunate, Successful, Prosperous, favored. Fortunate implies the attainment of success more by the operation of favorable circumstances, or through accident, than by direct effort; successful denotes that effective effort has been made; prosperous has nearly the same meaning as successful, but does not at all emphasize the effort made, and applies rather to a series of things than to a single event. We say a fortunate gambler, a successful merchant, a prosperous line of business.
  • 18) To make fortunate; prosper.


  • 1) Happening by chance; coincidental or accidental.
  • 2) Happening by a lucky chance; lucky or fortunate.
  • 3) law Happening independently of human will.
  • 4) Resulting in good fortune; lucky.
  • 5) Happening by accident or chance. synonym: accidental.
  • 6) (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes.
  • 7) Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or without any known cause; chance.
  • 8) occurring by happy chance
  • 9) Accidental; casual; happening by chance; coming or occurring without any cause, or without any general cause; random.


  • 1) Let's hope the other guests who were out walking like us have been as fortunate.
  • 2) Even now I have Thea and Herbert with me every day... I'm a fortunate old woman.
  • 3) This was only his sick fancy, for on the third of September, which was the anniversary of the great battle of Worcester, and the day of the year which he called his fortunate day, he died, in the sixtieth year of his age.
  • 4) Most of those directed to him by the gentler sex, turned in favour of what they called a fortunate ending.
  • 5) "I can't say the word 'fortunate' or 'lucky' or whatever enough," said Haas, who got into the playoff with a two-under-par 68.
  • 6) Revis grimaced when the word "fortunate" was used in reference to Pool.
  • 7) I would think "fortunate" is a more appropriate word.
  • 8) Whatever the claim, I think even the most modest one, that some of the people he has worked with in business have never compared themselves to the less fortunate is very likely false.
  • 9) We are once again fortunate enough to have Amy Steinberg on hand to rock the house with a family friendly, unschooling loving and absolutely awe inspiring concert.
  • 10) ‘They said it was fortunate that nobody had suffered serious food poisoning.’
  • 11) ‘I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to move down south.’
  • 12) ‘It is a unique stadium and I consider myself very fortunate to have played there.’
  • 13) ‘I consider myself very fortunate to have found this place.’
  • 14) ‘In domestic experiences, however, you will be less fortunate.’
  • 15) ‘Their neighbors, especially Latinos who have lived in the Mission for decades, have been less fortunate.’
  • 16) ‘I count myself incredibly fortunate that I have a number of friends like this.’
  • 17) ‘I would count myself more fortunate if he were to resemble you in kindness and love of justice.’
  • 18) ‘I felt extremely fortunate, more like a survivor than a champion.’
  • 19) ‘She was so fortunate to get to do these two magnificent characters before anybody had any idea about them.’
  • 20) ‘Actually, thinking about that makes me realise how fortunate I am.’
  • 21) ‘Some people aren't as fortunate as us.’
  • 22) ‘Are you aware that not many people are as fortunate as you are?’
  • 23) ‘My children are incredibly fortunate to attend an elementary school that has a cook who cares.’
  • 24) ‘For a fortunate few, it may be met with love and compassion.’
  • 25) ‘Few business travelers could afford or justify the costly comforts lavished upon the fortunate few.’
  • 26) ‘Police said the driver of the Range Rover was fortunate to escape without serious injury.’
  • 27) ‘We are fortunate to live in a country where the food is so varied.’
  • 28) ‘I am fortunate enough to live in an area with an excellent recycling scheme.’
  • 29) ‘Miller was fortunate to receive a call from a potential buyer.’
  • 30) ‘Some of his most valuable connections flowed from the accident of a fortunate birth.’
  • 31) ‘In theory, a currency union can offer economic benefits - but only under fortunate circumstances.’
  • 32) ‘Being in such a fortunate position, it has the opportunity to do very well.’
  • 33) ‘As we were lost this was a bit of a fortunate coincidence.’
  • 34) ‘The mass media play a vital role in campaigning for the welfare of less fortunate individuals and families.’
  • 35) ‘Sadly, many other families were not as fortunate, and the loss of their loved ones must have been heartbreaking.’
  • 36) ‘The benefit of being adopted by one of the more fortunate families was starting to show more and more.’
  • 37) ‘She was always helping those less fortunate than herself so her family thought their gesture was appropriate.’
  • 38) ‘At an early age she used her family's wealth to aid the poor and less fortunate.’
  • 39) ‘Our thoughts are with families who are not so fortunate this New Year as we reflect on what we have got to be thankful for.’
  • 40) ‘He also appealed to the public to assist those less fortunate by adopting a poor family in need of assistance.’
  • 41) ‘Families today are not in the fortunate position they were in during the past.’
  • 42) ‘Many of us are not in such a fortunate position as to be mortgage free.’
  • 43) ‘Those who've given money should be proud that their donation has been a major benefit to those less fortunate.’
  • 44) ‘Others aren't so fortunate, and may heaven help them, because they surely suffer.’
  • 45) ‘Do you support any organizations that provide for the less fortunate during the holidays?’
  • 46) ‘After the Second World War a basic living allowance, healthcare and education were provided to the less fortunate.’
  • 47) ‘Small businesses rarely have the opportunity to contribute financially to the less fortunate.’


  • 1) His entry into the takeaway arena was somewhat fortuitous.
  • 2) We were a fantastic and fortuitous accident.
  • 3) This would have been impossible but for one fortuitous circumstance.
  • 4) True, their equaliser was somewhat fortuitous.
  • 5) He got into the trade in Algiers through "a fortuitous accident ".
  • 6) Six minutes before the interval, it was the same pair who were involved in a somewhat fortuitous opener.
  • 7) Was it love, she wondered, or a mere fortuitous combination of happy thoughts and sensations?
  • 8) There was certainly no design behind any of it, but as it happened, it was a pretty fortuitous accident.
  • 9) He got his reward when he gave his team the lead, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, from one of their first attacks.
  • 10) Hence there grew up the belief that events which we describe as fortuitous or random or subject to chance are no different from any other happenings, except that we do not know why they happen.
  • 11) For very many in the world attribute everything to themselves and their prudence, and what they cannot so attribute they call fortuitous and accidental, not knowing that human prudence is nothing and that "fortuitous" and "accidental" are idle words.
  • 12) The reliance on coincidence or the fortuitous is often questionable, but the results at the same time are never quite incredible.
  • 13) Krutak has been unemployed since quitting a job in July at a nonprofit, timing she called fortuitous in light of the Occupy movement.
  • 14) A careful induction from all the passages where this number cannot be regarded as fortuitous, but is evidently of Divine ordinance and appointment (I call fortuitous such sevens as occur, Acts xix. 14; xx. 6), will leave no doubt that it claims throughont Scripture to be considered as the covenant number, the sign and signature of God's covenant relation to mankind, and above all to that portion of mankind with which this relation is not potential merely, but actual, namely the Church.
  • 15) And he concludes, after referring to the fortuitous duty-free shopping interlude I shared with Bashar en route back to London from Damascus, by remarking: By this time, Michael, whos a very engaging personality, is a friend of the family!
  • 16) Yet all of the various elements which have historically been assigned to Fortune, Fate, and Chance are gathered into a single providential system of which the fortuitous is a part.
  • 17) Since Fortuna is a personification of the fortuitous, and the fortuitous is a branch of the chain of causality, its normal place in the providential scheme is within the realm of Fate, which is the unfolding of Providence in multiplicity and time.
  • 18) An event that is described as fortuitous or accidental in the context of one set of interests may take on a different aspect when it is surveyed from another standpoint, being seen there as intrinsically related to the historian's principal theme or subject: in neither case, though, need the suggestion that it has no causal explanation be present.
  • 19) ‘On a similar theme, red is a lucky or fortuitous colour so wedding banquets in Japan tend to have red food included.’
  • 20) ‘Violence itself becomes a means of reassurance, a fortuitous opportunity through which the strength of re-enforced steel is tested.’
  • 21) ‘In our analysis, we took advantage of these fortuitous differences by incorporating weather as a categorical factor.’
  • 22) ‘This fortuitous and timely development supports faculty initiatives.’
  • 23) ‘He laughed to himself as he walked, thinking how lucky he'd been that his prank had had such fortuitous results.’
  • 24) ‘There things might have stayed, except for a rapid and fortuitous concatenation of circumstance and opportunity.’
  • 25) ‘This is fortuitous because the acreage of this convention center is unfathomable.’
  • 26) ‘Henry benefitted from several fortuitous breaks of the ball, but took full advantage as King's game began to unravel.’
  • 27) ‘The goal was the key score, and a rather fortuitous one.’
  • 28) ‘Make no mistake this was a hard won if rather fortuitous victory but like recent games it needn't have been so.’
  • 29) ‘They might have been, too, but for a rather fortuitous penalty awarded with nine minutes remaining.’
  • 30) ‘It was rather fortuitous then, to have the Prime Minister himself underline the need for a more direct and reliable land route.’
  • 31) ‘As it turned out, it was rather fortuitous that I had stopped to have a short discussion with Irving.’
  • 32) ‘The loft above the work space was a fortuitous accident that happened during construction.’
  • 33) ‘The road to the professional drama circuit was rather fortuitous.’
  • 34) ‘Much of the success of the text is by design, other aspects are by fortuitous accident.’
  • 35) ‘By a fortuitous coincidence, it involves some real handcuffs.’
  • 36) ‘It had been obtained by one of those fortuitous coincidences that sometimes produce great journalism.’
  • 37) ‘It probably arose from the accidental but fortuitous fermentation of grapes from wild vines.’
  • 38) ‘If such evidence surfaces, watch out for another fortuitous destruction of those records.’

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