What does fortuitous mean?

Definitions for fortuitousfɔrˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fortuitous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. causeless, fortuitous, uncaused(adj)

    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"

  2. fortuitous(adj)

    occurring by happy chance

    "profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"


  1. fortuitous(Adjective)

    Happening by chance; coincidental or accidental.

  2. fortuitous(Adjective)

    Happening by a lucky chance; lucky or fortunate.

  3. fortuitous(Adjective)

    Happening independently of human will.

  4. Origin: From fortuitus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortuitous(adj)

    happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous concourse of atoms

  2. Fortuitous(adj)

    happening independently of human will or means of foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fortuitous

    for-tū′i-tus, adj. happening by chance.—ns. Fortū′itism; Fortū′itist.—adv. Fortū′itously.—ns. Fortū′itousness, Fortū′ity. [L. fortuitus.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortuitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortuitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Herbert Westren Turnbull:

    Mathematics transfigures the fortuitous concourse of atoms into the tracery of the finger of God.

  2. Joel Ernesto Soto:

    They can come and ask and speak to us. We'll be here waiting, this event was completely fortuitous; there was nothing untoward.

  3. Alan Keenan:

    The fact it is politically helpful to the new government - in that it weakens the chances of the Rajapaksas coming back - is also fortuitous but it shouldn't be the primary motivation.

  4. Alex Gansa:

    Now that the inauguration has happened, things have gotten even more contentious between Trump and the intelligence community, which is what our whole season was about crazily enough, so some of it was fortuitous and some of it was terrifying, but it is what it is.

  5. Carey Mulligan:

    I think it' s overdue telling this story, I think it's taken 100 years to tell this story, which seems crazy because it is the story of our basic civil rights, all these conversations that are happening about the gender pay gap and woman's rights and woman's issues are overdue as well. It all seems to be coming to a head at the same time, which is fortuitous.

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