for·tu·nate·ly | \ˈfȯrch-nət-lē, ˈfȯr-chə-\

Definition of fortunately 

1 : in a fortunate manner

2 : it is fortunate that fortunately, no one was hurt

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The Fourth of July holiday kept Boise firefighters busy, but fortunately there have been no massive fires started in city limits, as of Thursday afternoon. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Boise Fire responds to more fires on the Fourth of July this year than last," 5 July 2018 This fortunately wasn’t a Jean Blanc situation and Becca seemed to be touched by Wills’ confession. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Becca finally realizes that Chris is the worst," 3 July 2018 Unlike her older sister Kate, Middleton is fortunately not suffering from extreme morning sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "It's Official! Pippa Middleton Just Confirmed Her Pregnancy," 7 June 2018 The young royal took a tumble up on the Buckingham Palace balcony, but fortunately, Duchess Kate immediately swooped in to comfort her. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Took a Tumble at Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 That sucks, but fortunately a stan can live off Speidi alone. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 5 Most Important Contributions ‘The Hills’ Made to Culture," 7 June 2018 Gun rights advocates have found their scapegoat, but fortunately for all of us, Parkland isn’t buying it. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Teens may save us all yet.," 22 Feb. 2018 The federal ban on DDT in 1972, coupled with Endangered Species Protection and captive breeding programs, have fortunately helped bald eagles to make a recovery. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Horizon Wings Celebrates Earth Day," 8 May 2018 Slowly started developing the other side of my game and fortunately, that worked out for me. Matthew Defranks,, "Colton Sceviour evolves game to earn stability with Panthers," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to reject or criticize sharply

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