1. [syn: causeless, fortuitous, uncaused]
2. occurring by happy chance;
- Example: "profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fortuitous \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. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: causeless, fortuitous,
2: occurring by happy chance; "profits were enhanced by a
fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "fortuitous":
accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious,
aleatory, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual, causeless,
chance, chancy, circumstantial, collateral, contingent, destinal,
dicey, extra, fatal, fatidic, fluky, iffy, incidental,
indeterminate, inessential, nonessential, odd, risky, secondary,
subsidiary, superadded, superfluous, supervenient, supplemental,
supplementary, uncaused, undetermined, unessential, unexpected,
unforeseeable, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpredictable