Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Admirably suited; apt: a felicitous comparison.
  • adj. Exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style: a felicitous writer.
  • adj. Marked by happiness or good fortune: a felicitous life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fitting; happening at the right time.
  • adj. Working out well.
  • adj. Semantically and pragmatically coherent, fitting in the context.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by felicity; happy; prosperous; delightful; skillful; successful; happily applied or expressed; appropriate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by or conferring happiness or pleasure; highly pleasing.
  • Well-chosen; appropriate: as, a felicitous manner; a felicitous situation; afelicitous reply.
  • Synonyms Fortunate, etc. (see happy); apt, pertinent, opportune, well-put.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
  • adj. marked by good fortune

Etymologies

From Latin felicitās ("luck"), from Latin felix ("lucky"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Instead, he rendered felicitas as "felicitee" which was already available, and he coined a felicitous new word for beatitudo: "wellfulness."

    Philip Reynolds: The Biblical Definitions Of The Pursuit Of Happiness

  • In these passages not only is the thought singularly pure and noble, and the expression felicitous, but the actual metre represents almost the high-water mark of the post-Vergilian hexameter.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • The President of the British Empire Club of Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Spencer Over, was the guest of the Club at this meeting and was introduced by President Mitchell in felicitous terms, the members applauding heartily as Mr. Over bowed his thanks.

    Difficulties and Opportunities of the British Empire

  •  A performative that "works" is called felicitous and one that does not is called infelicitous.

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  • I had to look up the word "felicitous", I'll add it to my flashcard program if I remember it!

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  • We may be spared, hereafter, the infliction of numberless "felicitous" conjectures, on which the following is scarcely a parody.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876

  • The book is hard to put down because of this kind of felicitous prose, but it is a long book and takes a long time to read.

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  • One evening devoted to each play, discussing the human issues involved, examining and explaining the use of language and poetry and highlighting the most 'felicitous' passages would be of interest to many people, not the least those who were unable to appreciate all that when they were callow youngsters.

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  • "felicitous" fault, "trailing after it a line of golden associations;" 2dly, because the practice involves a dishonesty.

    Biographical Essays

  • Prophecy and dyspepsia did not affect her as a felicitous admixture.

    CHAPTER 8

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