felicitous

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."

Primary Meanings of felicitous

1.
adj
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
2.
adj
marked by good fortune
Full Definitions of felicitous
1

adj exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

“a felicitous speaker”
Synonyms:
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
well-turned
(of language) aptly and pleasingly expressed
well-wishing
extending good wishes for success
happy
enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
Antonyms:
infelicitous
not appropriate in application; defective
awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt, inept
not elegant or graceful in expression
unfortunate
unsuitable or regrettable
unhappy
experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
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2

adj marked by good fortune

“a felicitous life”
Synonyms:
happy
fortunate
having unexpected good fortune

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