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 No physical injuries, fortunately, but my boiling inner rage over the incident never went away. Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Unfortunately for these characters but fortunately for us, the season two finale planted a ticking time bomb in the form of Victoria’s secret head-exploding superpower. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 That could be disastrous; fortunately, Shapiro is an overwhelming favorite to win. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The 90-minute play goes down a dark path, but fortunately ends on a slight up note. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 Ukraine is deeply personal to Putin (but, fortunately, for the future of Ukraine, even more personal to Ukrainians). James Nixey, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fortunately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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