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Definition occurring by happy chance
  • profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials
  • When the chair called and Zulma handed me the phone, I had never been more surprised by what I took then to be the fortuitousness of drinking.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • fortuitousness = when things happen by happy chance
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Her presence at his side felt more unbearably fortuitous than ever.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • fortuitous = occurring by happy chance
  • The situation was resolved by the fortuitous appearance of the caddymaster,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • fortuitous = occurring by happy chance
  • It is odd how we of that pension, who seemed such a fortuitous collection, have been working into one another's lives.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • Our meeting is wholly fortuitous.
    London, Jack  --  Love of Life And Other Stories
  • If he followed it by mere fortuitous coincidence, it was done by an evil chance.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • Minchin in return was quite sure that man was not a mere machine or a fortuitous conjunction of atoms; if Mrs.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • The whole thing was fortuitous.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • Her only hope lay in waiting until darkness had fallen, unless some fortuitous circumstance should arise before.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • In a way, their meeting the next morning was fortuitous enough, yet it had also its significance for both of them.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Kingdom of the Blind
  • Just how I was to help Perry I could scarce imagine, but I hoped that some fortuitous circumstance might solve the problem for me.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  At the Earth's Core
  • fortuitous encounters—strange accidents of fortune
  • The prologue rose to its reasonable climax: For that fortuitous girl the sweet day dawned To wed her gorgeous prince.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Neither do I. "But I have to admit," Simon added, "coincidence or not, it turned out to be a fortuitous occurrence."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It is odd how we of that pension, who seemed such a fortuitous collection, have been working into one another's lives.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The shipping lane boundaries were marked by numbered buoys, and the hope was to stumble across one fortuitously so as to orient oneself.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Robert Langdon's unexpected visit to Château Villette had brought the Teacher both a fortuitous windfall and an intricate dilemma.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • If anything, deafness proved fortuitous for him, finally giving him a doctor-certified excuse for disobeying.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Most fortuitously, Parkland Memorial Hospital is just four miles away, should Marina go into labor with the new baby while Oswald is at work.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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