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 But starting college as a poor, single mom derailed my plans, and fortunately, Marquette University let me in instead. Madison Feller, ELLE, 17 May 2022 But before he’s sucked into its pulsing mouth—nail-biting tension here!—the comb jelly and Scomber are both unexpectedly trapped in the mouth of a sea trout, who fortunately spits them both out after a few experimental bites. Anelise Chen, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 With a hotel room and flights booked, Cuesta fortunately managed to buy tickets for the dress rehearsal on May 14 and intends to watch the finals on a screen in Turin city centre with his partner. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 May 2022 Sadly for the old owners, or perhaps fortunately for the new owners, tintin was recently sold by Fraser Yachts. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 Get together on non-game day dates, which unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your fandom level, is sometimes easier said than done. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2021 This whole thing is throwing me into a loop fortunately, though, not a loop like Aram's. Laura Sirikul,, 7 May 2022 Duane Allman’s fatal motorcycle accident occurred just months before the band released this hybrid studio/live set, but fortunately, the guitar hero showcased his legacy-defining dimensions one more time. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 The Brewers fortunately haven't had to worry a lot about possessing one of the top spots in the Major League Baseball draft in recent years, but their chances of getting the No. 1 spot for just the second time in franchise history have gone up. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Fortunately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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