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

  Fortuitous \For*tu"i*tous\, a. [L. fortuitus; akin to forte,
     adv., by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See
     Fortune.]
     1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or
        without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous
        concourse of atoms.
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              It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that
              all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.
                                                    --Robertson.
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              So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon
              the whole.                            --Hazlitt.
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     2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of
        foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes.
        --Abbott.
  
     Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See
          Accidental. -- For*tu"i*tous*ly, adv. --
          For*tu"i*tous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fortuitous
      adj 1: having no cause or apparent cause; "a causeless miracle";
             "fortuitous encounters--strange accidents of fortune";
             "we cannot regard artistic invention as...uncaused and
             unrelated to the times" [syn: causeless, fortuitous,
             uncaused]
      2: occurring by happy chance; "profits were enhanced by a
         fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "fortuitous":
     accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious,
     aleatory, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual, causeless,
     chance, chancy, circumstantial, collateral, contingent, destinal,
     dicey, extra, fatal, fatidic, fluky, iffy, incidental,
     indeterminate, inessential, nonessential, odd, risky, secondary,
     subsidiary, superadded, superfluous, supervenient, supplemental,
     supplementary, uncaused, undetermined, unessential, unexpected,
     unforeseeable, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpredictable
  
  

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