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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fortuitous  \For*tu"i*tous\,  a.  [L.  fortuitus;  akin  to  forte, 
  adv.,  by  chance,  prop.  abl.  of  fors,  fortis,  chance.  See 
  {Fortune}.] 
  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. 
  --Robertson. 
 
  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. 
  --Abbott. 
 
  Syn:  Accidental;  casual;  contingent;  incidental.  See 
  {Accidental}.  --  {For*tu"i*tous*ly},  adv  -- 
  {For*tu"i*tous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fortuitous 
  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},  {uncaused}] 
  2:  occurring  by  happy  chance;  "profits  were  enhanced  by  a 
  fortuitous  drop  in  the  cost  of  raw  materials" 




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