Hypertext Webster Gateway: "fortunate"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fortunate \For"tu*nate\ (?; 135), a. [L. fortunatus, p. p. of
fortunare to make fortunate or prosperous, fr. fortuna. See
{Fortune}, n.]
1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some
good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness;
auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence
of circumstances; a fortunate investment.

2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good
which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts;
favored with good forune; lucky.

Syn: Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored;

Usage: {Fortunate}, {Successful}, {Prosperous}. A man is
fortunate, when he is favored of fortune, and has
unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful when he
gains what he aims at; prosperous when he succeeds in
those things which men commonly desire. One may be
fortunate, in some cases, where he is not successful;
he may be successful, but, if he has been mistaken in
the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that
reason fail to be prosperous.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate,
children died"; "a fortunate choice" [ant: {unfortunate}]
2: supremely favored or fortunate; "golden lads and girls all
must / like chimney sweepers come to dust" [syn: {favored},
3: presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go
to medical school"; "rosy predictions" [syn: {hopeful}, {rosy}]

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