fortunate

If you are lucky, you are fortunate. You can be fortunate to have avoided something terrible and you can be fortunate to have acquired, won, or been bestowed with something better than those around you, like wealth and good looks.

The adjective fortunate comes from the Latin word fortunatus, meaning “prospered,” “prosperous,” “lucky,” or “happy.” Fortunate is related to the word fortune and they have similar meanings, in the sense that those fortunate enough to have a fortune most likely have gobs of money and are sometimes called “the fortunate.” When it comes to predicting the future, you could get bad news from a fortune teller about what’s in store for you, but if you’re fortunate — she’ll say something good.

DEFINITIONS OF: fortunate

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adj having unexpected good fortune

“other, less fortunate, children died”
“a fortunate choice”
Synonyms
better off
in a more fortunate or prosperous condition
felicitous, happy
marked by good fortune
fortuitous
occurring by happy chance
good, well
resulting favorably
heaven-sent, miraculous, providential
peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
lucky
occurring by chance
well-off
fortunately situated
lucky
having or bringing good fortune
privileged
blessed with privileges
successful
having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
Antonyms:
unfortunate
not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
abject
most unfortunate or miserable
black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
dispossessed, homeless, roofless
physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security
hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched
deserving or inciting pity
doomed, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky
marked by or promising bad fortune
downtrodden
abused or oppressed by people in power
infelicitous, unhappy
marked by or producing unhappiness
regrettable, too bad
deserving regret
luckless, unlucky
having or bringing misfortune
underprivileged
lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
unsuccessful
not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
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adj presaging good fortune

“she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school”
Synonyms:
rosy
auspicious
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

adj supremely favored

Synonyms:
golden
blessed, blest
highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
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