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 Yet here Smith is, fortunately or unfortunately, the first. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox barrier breaker Bianca Smith says, ‘I just want to focus on being a coach’," 6 Jan. 2021 The piece was later also worn for Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973, and fortunately still seems to be going strong. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice's Wedding Tiara Is a Touching Tribute to Queen Elizabeth," 18 July 2020 Houston dealt with both Hurricane Hanna and Laura back to back, but fortunately missed most of the impact. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "10 times Houston was just so Houston in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Perhaps fortunately, these are waters out of which the country has navigated in the recent past. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "How to Make Kleptocrats Fear America Again," 23 Dec. 2020 Our wedding was a traditional Jewish affair, which pleased our elderly mothers, who fortunately were able to attend. Ria Parody Erlich, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: This is why I ignored the warnings against a workplace romance," 12 Dec. 2020 While airlines have received a lot of attention for their cleaning initiatives, the risk of transiting through an airport has been largely overlooked by travelers, but fortunately not by my USA TODAY colleagues. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Traveling for the holidays? Here's how to avoid contracting COVID-19 at the airport," 19 Dec. 2020 That pivot fortunately came early, leaving USC with just one fewer day than usual to prepare for the Ducks, who didn’t play last week and received a day’s head start in devising their plan for the Trojans. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC will play Oregon, not Washington in the Pac-12 title game," 14 Dec. 2020 Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards are considered some of the best around, and fortunately, there are three different business credit cards under this umbrella. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "There are three top-notch Chase Ink business credit cards, but which one is best for you?," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2021

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“Fortunately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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