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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    presaging good fortune
    “she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school”
    synonyms: rosy
    auspicious
    auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
  3. adjective
    supremely favored
    synonyms: golden
    blessed, blest
    highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
Commonly confused words

fortunate / fortuitous

Get our your lucky rabbit’s foot! Fortunate is lucky, but fortuitous means by chance or accident. Silly rabbit, these words aren’t the same.

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