Definition of felicitous in US English:



  • 1Well chosen or suited to the circumstances.

    ‘a felicitous phrase’
    • ‘Despite the messiness inherent in natural systems, evolution has produced ‘machines of extreme perfection,’ to use Darwin's felicitous phrase.’
    • ‘Conceptually that was quite accurate, even if it was not the most felicitous choice of words.’
    • ‘But his felicitous use of idiom gives no clue of this.’
    • ‘This gives the writer some of his most felicitous moments as he considers a series of eccentric individualists who gave their lives to the weather.’
    • ‘To adapt Benedict Anderson's felicitous phrase, hockey is one cultural activity through which Canadians are often said to imagine their community.’
    • ‘They rely heavily on felicitous coincidence for the plots, and the character development is cartoonish.’
    • ‘If one were to consider the inputs from the existing school system into a child's scientific thinking, felicitous use of language, competence to search for information and to work out solutions, one would find them too little and too late.’
    • ‘Perhaps, then, we should concede that a better word, a more felicitous description, would have been merely ‘dubious’.’
    • ‘Has there ever been an economist with a more felicitous turn of phrase?’
    • ‘I have always felt that I manifest a felicitous combination of his compassion and her boundaries.’
    • ‘Or, to use the felicitous phrase of the late Northrop Frye, everything in the Scriptures is self-referential.’
    • ‘Perhaps because Thérèse stands, to borrow Oscar Wilde's felicitous phrase (which he applied to himself), in symbolic relation to the culture of her age.’
    • ‘While there are glimpses of felicitous dialogue, there is no chemistry between these two characters to distract from the play's weak dramatic structure.’
    apt, well chosen, well expressed, well put, choice, fitting, suitable, appropriate, apposite, pertinent, germane, to the point, relevant, congruous, apropos
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    1. 1.1 Pleasing and fortunate.
      ‘the view was the room's only felicitous feature’
      • ‘Well-known as a felicitous writer of amusing features, he was just hitting his stride as a serious and ambitious chronicler of the political convulsions seizing the Islamic world.’
      • ‘However, grimly amusing as this spectacle is, the political reality behind these appointments may be less felicitous.’
      • ‘This makes it a happy hunting ground for anyone with the felicitous habit of looking at the lighter side of life.’
      • ‘A felicitous mix of fun and entertainment it was.’
      • ‘Finally, there remains the option of teaching taste - of training the bureaucracy in a felicitous mode of embodied expression and educating the polity to appreciate and respond to it.’
      fortunate, advantageous, good, favourable, lucky, happy, pleasing, encouraging
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