from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bringing something good and unforeseen; auspicious.
- adj. Having unexpected good fortune; lucky. See Synonyms at happy.
- n. One who has good fortune, especially a wealthy person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Coming by good luck or favorable chance.
- adj. Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.
- adj. Presaging happiness.
- adj. Auspicious.
- adj. Receiving some unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts.
- adj. Lucky, favored by fortune.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky.
- Bringing or presaging good fortune; resulting favorably, as something uncertain; having a happy issue; auspicious; felicitous: as, a fortunate speculation; a fortunate accident.
- Synonyms Felicitous, Lucky, etc. (See happy.) Fortunate, Successful, Prosperous, favored. Fortunate implies the attainment of success more by the operation of favorable circumstances, or through accident, than by direct effort; successful denotes that effective effort has been made; prosperous has nearly the same meaning as successful, but does not at all emphasize the effort made, and applies rather to a series of things than to a single event. We say a fortunate gambler, a successful merchant, a prosperous line of business.
- n. In astrology, a favorable planet. Nares. See extract under fortitude, 3.
- To make fortunate; prosper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. presaging good fortune
- adj. supremely favored
- adj. having unexpected good fortune
Most of those directed to him by the gentler sex, turned in favour of what they called a fortunate ending.
This was only his sick fancy, for on the third of September, which was the anniversary of the great battle of Worcester, and the day of the year which he called his fortunate day, he died, in the sixtieth year of his age.
Revis grimaced when the word "fortunate" was used in reference to Pool.
"I can't say the word 'fortunate' or 'lucky' or whatever enough," said Haas, who got into the playoff with a two-under-par 68.
I would think "fortunate" is a more appropriate word.
Whatever the claim, I think even the most modest one, that some of the people he has worked with in business have never compared themselves to the less fortunate is very likely false.
We are once again fortunate enough to have Amy Steinberg on hand to rock the house with a family friendly, unschooling loving and absolutely awe inspiring concert.
Many of us who favor government programs to help poor people with health care, food, housing, and education believe that helping the less fortunate is an obligation, not an option.
I was again fortunate to be able to afford her surgery.
The insurance companies are going to raise my premium anyway, atleast knowing that someone else less fortunate is going to have access to more preventative health care would be better.