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.
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It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.
Robertson.
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So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon the whole.
Hazlitt.
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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.
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