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Pronunciation:  for'tooitus

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  1. [adj]  occurring by happy chance; "profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"
  2. [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"

FORTUITOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: causeless, fortunate, uncaused, unintended



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\For*tu"i*tous\, a. [L. fortuitus; akin to forte,
adv., by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See
1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or
   without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous
   concourse of atoms.

         It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that
         all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.

         So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon
         the whole.                            --Hazlitt.

2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of
   foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes.

Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See
     {Accidental}. -- {For*tu"i*tous*ly}, adv. --
     {For*tu"i*tous*ness}, n.

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