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 for fortunate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fortunate \For"tu*nate\ (?; 135), a. [L. fortunatus, p. p. of
     fortunare to make fortunate or prosperous, fr. fortuna. See
     Fortune, n.]
     1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some
        good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness;
        auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence
        of circumstances; a fortunate investment.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good
        which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts;
        favored with good forune; lucky.
  
     Syn: Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored;
          happy.
  
     Usage: Fortunate, Successful, Prosperous. A man is
            fortunate, when he is favored of fortune, and has
            unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful when he
            gains what he aims at; prosperous when he succeeds in
            those things which men commonly desire. One may be
            fortunate, in some cases, where he is not successful;
            he may be successful, but, if he has been mistaken in
            the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that
            reason fail to be prosperous.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fortunate
      adj 1: having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate,
             children died"; "a fortunate choice" [ant: unfortunate]
      2: supremely favored; "golden lads and girls all must / like
         chimney sweepers come to dust" [syn: fortunate, golden]
      3: presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go
         to medical school"; "rosy predictions" [syn: fortunate,
         rosy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "fortunate":
     advantageous, appropriate, assured of success, auspicious,
     befitting, benign, benignant, blessed, blessed with luck, bright,
     coming, convenient, crowned with success, dexter, expedient, fair,
     favorable, favored, favoring, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortuitous,
     full of promise, golden, good, happy, in luck, lucky, lucky dog,
     made, man of substance, meet, of good omen, of happy portent,
     of promise, on the up-and-up, on top, opportune, out in front,
     promising, propitious, prosperous, providential, ripe, seasonable,
     sortable, succeeding, successful, suitable, surefire, timely,
     triumphant, well, well-timed, white
  
  

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