Felicitous describes something that's pleasantly apt or fitting. Felicitous words you write on your friend's birthday card are the ones that perfectly suit the occasion and make her happy when she reads them.

Felicitous can mean "appropriate," but it also describes something that's lucky. When you plan a trip to the amusement park and it turns out that the sun is shining, that’s felicitous. If you need to mail a package by a certain date and you make it to the post office just in time, that’s also felicitous. The Latin root of felicitous is felix, "happy or lucky."

Definitions of felicitous
  1. adjective
    exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
    “a felicitous speaker”
    congratulatory, gratulatory
    expressive of sympathetic pleasure or joy on account of someone's success or good fortune
    happy, well-chosen
    well expressed and to the point
    (of language) aptly and pleasingly expressed
    extending good wishes for success
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
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    not appropriate in application; defective
    awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept
    not elegant or graceful in expression
    unsuitable or regrettable
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
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  2. adjective
    marked by good fortune
    “a felicitous life”
    synonyms: happy
    having unexpected good fortune
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