Definition of fortuity in US English:

fortuity

noun

  • 1A chance occurrence.

    • ‘It can be, in fact, something rather worse than a fortuity.’
    • ‘The public cannot be expected to confine its scrutiny of the Utah legal profession to the fortuities of state boundaries.’
    • ‘Insurance is the purchase of an indemnity against the risk of loss caused by a fortuity.’
    • ‘Through one of those fortuities that illumine the paths of even the dull-witted, I stumbled upon Henry George.’
    • ‘Yet I also know that, for my own peace of mind, I can't keep relying on such stunning fortuities.’
    • ‘The alchemy of the different charismata of important personages, now forgotten, of the effects of traumatic events, now fortuities of history, is there, but it is far from easy to sort out the genealogies and decipher the reasons.’
    • ‘It may well be that the words were the fortuitous effect of wind, but the message they convey is clear, and I think our subjects would not gamble on the fortuity.’
    • ‘To make the Act work that way makes the Act turn on a fortuity.’
    • ‘But I don't know if the fact that you did not cause an explosion in your kitchen has to do with the boiling point of water or the fortuity that you used a can capable of withstanding the interior pressure of a liquid heated to that temperature.’
    • ‘Stowe said she enjoys the fortuities and possibilities her job provides.’
    • ‘The meeting of Baryshnikov and Judson was, it seems, a fortuity waiting to happen.’
    • ‘Then identically situated litigants would receive different treatment based upon the fortuity of whether their case appeared before a state or federal judge.’
    • ‘I have a particular interest in the economic relationship with China partly due to the fortuities of history.’
    • ‘She says, ‘My bet is this: to that early acceptance I owe the whole trail of professional fortuities that followed.’’
    • ‘Therefore there are no fortuities in my paintings.’
    event, incident, occurrence, happening, development, phenomenon, thing, situation, circumstance, case, contingency, chance, likelihood, possibility, probability
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    1. 1.1 The state of being controlled by chance rather than design.
      • ‘Enjoy your last full week in an oasis of fortuity.’
      • ‘How to characterise the element of fortuity in this context is not easy.’
      • ‘But there is a lot of fortuity in the courses lives take.’
      • ‘These various proactive activities illustrate the agentic management of fortuity.’
      • ‘Heartz's study of fortuity is particularly intriguing.’
      • ‘But it was equally unpleasant to drift aimlessly through the blackness of space, all the while abiding either the fortuity of happening upon errant matter or the slow, foreordained approach of death.’
      • ‘In a later essay in 1980, I noted the major role of fortuity in civil rights gains and why those gains tended to be fleeting even when enunciated in terms of permanence.’

Pronunciation

fortuity

/fôrˈto͞oədē/