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    a slight confusing word: fortuitous

    Dear teachers,

    There is a brief sentence with a word which threw me into a slight confusion, namely the adjective “fortuitous”.

    I know the meaning of the word in question, namely “fortuitous” (adj.) = “happening by accident or chance, occurring by happy chance” = “accidentally” = “occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance”

    In its best-established sense, fortuitous means “happening by accident or chance,” In my opinion, a fortuitous meeting may have either fortunate or unfortunate consequences. But however , for decades, the word has often been used in reference to happy accidents, as in The company's profits were enhanced as the result of a fortuitous drop in the cost of paper.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the matter in hand?

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: a slight confusing word: fortuitous

    Your assessment seems about right and totally unconfused.

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