fortuitous vs fortunate : Common Errors in English

About fortuitous vs fortunate

“Fortuitous” events happen by chance; they need not be fortunate events, only random ones: “It was purely fortuitous that the meter reader came along five minutes before I returned to my car.” Although fortunate events may be fortuitous, when you mean “lucky,” use “fortunate.”

fortuitous Meaning(s)

  • (s) occurring by happy chance
  • (s) having no cause or apparent cause

fortunate Meaning(s)

  • (a) having unexpected good fortune
  • (s) supremely favored
  • (s) presaging good fortune

fortuitous in News

  • Phil Mickelson: Could Backspin Cost Him the US Open?

    ARDMORE, Pa. — Yes, Phil Mickelson has the lead, thanks to a fortuitous birdie at the 17th. But it might have been more of a lead.   While most people focus on Mickelson’s lip outs or missed fairways, as Saturday afternoon became Saturday evening at Merion Golf Club, I wondered if Mickelson’s backspin, that shot golf fans love to see, could cost him the U.S. Open? It’s tempting to use that shot ...
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

fortunate in News

  1. Sunday, June 16, 2013 2:00 am

    I’ve been fortunate enough to experience what Father’s Day is like from a different perspective the last two years because of my son, David.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Montrose Daily Press

  2. A few good men

    I’ve been fortunate enough to experience what Father’s Day is like from a different perspective the last two years because of my son, David. But while people have been wishing me a Happy Father’s Day in advance, which I appreciate, I tend to celebrate those who came before me: my father and grandfather.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Montrose Daily Press

  3. Adams County ‘very ‘fortunate’: August

    "We were very fortunate," Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August said this morning. "There were some power outages in Monroe and a few trees down here and there; other than that, we had nothing reported to us.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Decatur Daily Democrat

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