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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Bourasa battled the fire alongside other rescuers from St. Paul Park Volunteer Fire Department in Minnesota, and fortunately no lives were lost. Fox News, "Minnesota firefighter leaves his own wedding to battle blaze," 27 Sep. 2018 And fortunately, this time, there are more than 46 gowns in stock. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Following the Success of Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress, Stella McCartney Is Launching Her First Bridal Collection," 13 Nov. 2018 And fortunately, the ministers, often the town's sole record keeper, wrote everything down. Mark Pratt, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fragile, early American Congregational church records will soon be online," 9 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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