Definitions for fortunate
ˈfɔr tʃə nɪtfor·tu·nate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fortunate.
having unexpected good fortune
"other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"
"golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust"
presaging good fortune
"she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school"; "rosy predictions"
Coming by good luck or favorable chance.
Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.
Receiving some unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts.
Lucky, favored by fortune.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Lucky; happy; successful; not subject to miscarriage. Used of persons or actions.
Etymology: fortunatus, Latin.
I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you: you have ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
He sigh’d; and could not but their fate deplore,
So wretched now, so fortunate before. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.
No, there is a necessity in fate
Why still the brave bold man is fortunate:
He keeps his object ever full in sight,
And that assurance holds him firm and right:
True, ’tis a narrow path that leads to bliss,
But right before there is no precipice;
Fear makes men look aside, and so their footing miss. Dry.
Fortunate is a neo soul song from the 1999 motion picture Life and was released on the film's soundtrack. The song was written, composed, produced and arranged by R. Kelly and recorded by Maxwell. "Fortunate" was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Award and Best R&B/Soul Single (Male) at Soul Train Music Awards. Maxwell was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocalist and also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Song of the Year. The song, Maxwell's biggest hit to date, spent eight weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It is his first number-one R&B hit, eventually followed by "Pretty Wings" in 2009. According to R. Kelly, Maxwell didn't want to sing "Fortunate". Instead, he wanted to sing the song "Life" - which Kelly gave to K-Ci & JoJo. Kelly rejected Maxwell's idea because he felt that neo-soul singer wouldn't have been believable singing a song from the perspective of a prison inmate.
Fortunate refers to receiving or having good luck or favorable outcomes, often resulting in benefits, advantages or success. It can also refer to being in a favorable or advantageous circumstance or condition.
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
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
"Fortunate" is a neo soul song from the 1999 motion picture Life and was released on the film's soundtrack. The song was written, composed, produced and arranged by R. Kelly and recorded by Maxwell. "Fortunate" was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards and Best R&B/Soul Single at Soul Train Awards. Maxwell was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocalist and also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Song of the Year. The song, Maxwell's biggest hit to date, spent eight weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It is his first number-one R&B hit, eventually followed by "Pretty Wings" in 2009. The song was made exclusively for the film and was played during the end credits.
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Rank popularity for the word 'fortunate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4543
Rank popularity for the word 'fortunate' in Adjectives Frequency: #868
The numerical value of fortunate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of fortunate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
I feel very fortunate to have a front row seat for it, i feel fortunate that I know the man and the athlete having coached him. He was a gentleman. He was a great teammate. That’s gon na be one of those things I ’ll be able to tell my grandkids about one day, that not only did I coach him, but I was there for that night, pretty special accomplishment.
Man...is a tame or civilized animal never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.
No one has ever tried to set me up on a date or even insinuated that there is something wrong with my desire to be single, i feel very fortunate because I know that many people face pressure to date and get married.
It was just overwhelming. I was very fortunate to be able to see them again. I was praying hard to find them alive.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
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- щастлив, удачен, късметлийскиBulgarian
- suotuisa, lupaava, onnekasFinnish
- fortanachScottish Gaelic
- hazarda, hazardala, fortunozaIdo
- may mắnVietnamese
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