for·​tu·​nate·​ly | \ ˈfȯrch-nət-lē How to pronounce fortunately (audio) , ˈfȯr-chə- \

Definition of fortunately

1 : in a fortunate manner
2 : it is fortunate that fortunately, no one was hurt

Examples of fortunately in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its infections and deaths, fortunately, have also been declining., "The new report marks only the second time the CDC has tried to measure the numbers of US illnesses and deaths attributed to drug-resistant germs.," 14 Nov. 2019 Everton have already confirmed in a statement on their official website that Gomes has undergone surgery, fortunately stating that the former Barcelona midfielder is expected to make a full recovery., "Tottenham Launch Son Heung-min Red Card Appeal After Unfortunate Andre Gomes Injury," 4 Nov. 2019 Cairo may fortunately miss the worst of the rainfall as the system moves past the city to the east. Brandon Miller, CNN, "A rare hurricane-like storm in the Mediterranean threatens Egypt and Israel," 25 Oct. 2019 But fortunately Amazon had the commitment, and the funds, to do so. Tyler Aquilina,, "Carnival Row cast on bringing the fantasy world to life: 'It's so easy to get lost in'," 30 Aug. 2019 But fortunately for Garrett, beer lovers don’t have to troubleshoot alone in Birmingham. Emma Simmons,, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 The new director is Brian Gross, who fortunately has extensive experience in the field, having worked at NASA and led NOAA's prestigious Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NOAA is about to make some big changes to its global weather model," 24 Oct. 2018 That makes the structure vulnerable to strong-magnitude earthquakes, which are fortunately quite rare in the region. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Popular Utah rock-climbing spot vibrates in time with earth, wind, and waves," 27 Aug. 2019 Setup is relatively simple for any DIYer, with clear directions that require basic tools and fortunately not an advanced engineering degree. Popular Mechanics X Genie, Popular Mechanics, "Approved: Genie SilentMax Connect Smart Garage Door Opener," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fortunately.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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delight or enjoyment

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