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Definition of fortuitous (Meaning of fortuitous)
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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