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fortuitous

adjective  /fɔrˈtu·ɪ·t̬əs/ us  
(esp. of something to your advantage) happening by chance: We made a fortuitous escape. The discovery of the files was fortuitous.
fortuitously
adverb  /fɔrˈtu·ɪ·t̬əs·li/ us  
They had fortuitously been out of the house when the fire started.
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