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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortunately, fortuitously, luckily, as luck would have itadverb

    by good fortune

    "fortunately the weather was good"


  1. fortunatelyadverb

    It is (or was, etc) fortunate that.

    Fortunately, Sam's pet hamster was not dead.

  2. fortunatelyadverb

    In a fortunate manner.

    Fortunately, Sam's pet hamster was not dead.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fortunatelyadverb

    Happily; successfully.

    Etymology: from fortunate.

    Bright Eliza rul’d Britannia’s state,
    And boldy wise, and fortunately great. Matthew Prior.


  1. fortunately

    Fortunately is an adverb that means a positive situation or event happening by chance or luck, often used to express relief, gratitude or a beneficial outcome. It conveys that something has happened in a way that is lucky or beneficial for someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortunatelyadverb

    in a fortunate manner; luckily; successfully; happily

Suggested Resources

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    Fortunately vs. Luckily -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Fortunately and Luckily.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortunately' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4582

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortunately' in Adverbs Frequency: #329

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortunately in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortunately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fortunately in a Sentence

  1. Oriol Manuel:

    We were able to enroll some patients in (one trial centre in) Lausanne, but when all centres were ready, the cases were fortunately disappearing.

  2. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Ninth, Chapter 2:

    She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault.

  3. Emmanuel Macron:

    Fortunately you did n’t invite anybody skeptical of global warming this year.

  4. Jeremy DeSilva:

    Mary Leakey made exquisitely detailed maps of the footprint localities. From Mary Leakey map, we were able to approximate where the tracks should be. We began to dig, hoping for the best, but fearing instead that forty years of seasonal rains had washed them away, the soil was hard as cement and it took a hammer and chisel to reach the footprint layer, which we then needed to excavate delicately with a hard-bristled brush and tongue depressor. Fortunately, the footprints were beautifully preserved.

  5. President Trump:

    The Wall Street Journal state falsely that I said to them ‘ I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un ’( of N. Korea). Obviously I did n’t say that. I said ‘ I ’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, ’ Kim Jong Un, fortunately we now record conversations with reporters and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS !

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