1. [syn: fortunately, fortuitously, luckily, as luck would have it]
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):
adv 1: by good fortune; "fortunately the weather was good" [syn:
fortunately, fortuitously, luckily, as luck would
have it] [ant: alas, regrettably, unfortunately,