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

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And fortunately, the paperwork exists for such a thing. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Jennifer Lawrence Explains Exactly What Kind Of Bride She's Going To Be," 15 June 2019 And fortunately the paperwork exists for such a thing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence Just Described Cooke Maroney As Her "Favorite Person on the Planet"," 13 June 2019 And fortunately the paperwork exists for such a thing. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jennifer Lawrence Says She’s Not Nervous for Her Wedding Day: ‘I’m Too Lazy to Be Neurotic’," 13 June 2019 Though 12 minor injuries were reported in the accident, fortunately no one was killed. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "An F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed into a California Warehouse," 17 May 2019 Things became a little clearer as the episode went on, and fortunately/unfortunately we could all see perfectly clearly when poor Theon, Lyanna and Jorah met their fates. Harper's BAZAAR, "Fans Complained That Game of Thrones Was Too Dark Tonight," 29 Apr. 2019 But fortunately, things are back to usual this year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Released Three New Photos of Princess Charlotte in Honor of Her 4th Birthday," 1 May 2019 The Hua family, however, fortunately found a place that accepted their Chinese identity. Brea Salim, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tenderloin destination Hai Ky Mi Gia captures multiple immigrant identities," 7 May 2018 But fortunately, actress Caitriona Balfe is offering a respite by sharing sneak peeks of what's to come for Claire and Jamie on her Instagram account. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actress Caitriona Balfe Just Teased Season 5's First Episode on Instagram," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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