Definition of fortunately in English:



  • [sentence adverb] It is fortunate that:

    ‘fortunately, no shots were fired and no one was hurt’
    • ‘Errors, fortunately, seldom occur but nonetheless are deeply regretted when they come to light.’
    • ‘My foot slides, I feel rather worried, but fortunately I'm still taking my weight on my arms.’
    • ‘I just can't get enough wild Scottish mushrooms and, fortunately, there is no shortage.’
    • ‘Kids' lit is booming these days, which fortunately means there's a lot to choose from.’
    • ‘He knows he has to speak English and, fortunately, my Turkish has improved so I can understand him.’
    • ‘Another guy in the company, his sister, was on the train and fortunately was not injured.’
    • ‘In one case a bed, which fortunately was unoccupied, was scattered with broken glass.’
    • ‘The drama that followed is another story, but fortunately the couple returned in a few days.’
    • ‘It would fortunately be impossible for a reviewer to give away all the dramatic shifts of Jorgenson's life.’
    • ‘Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your point of view, they have not come yet.’
    • ‘Blemishes of this kind detract from but fortunately do not destroy the excellence of so much else in this welcome volume.’
    • ‘Her friend's house took a direct hit, but fortunately the family were out.’
    • ‘When I was a kid it was almost inevitable that there would be trouble at games and we're fortunately not at that stage yet.’
    • ‘Then there was a lightning flash and another blast, but fortunately for me no sense of any impact.’
    • ‘He was in intensive care for a while, but fortunately is on the mend.’
    • ‘There's a lot of competition from other venues on a Saturday night, so fortunately we weren't too busy.’
    • ‘Finally the agency sent the girl to go and find them, which she fortunately did.’
    • ‘We'd practised him pulling up his sleeve in case he got lost but fortunately it didn't come to that.’
    • ‘But fortunately I've not had to learn many of these songs, just be reminded of the lyrics.’
    • ‘The first lesson of politics is that many memories are short - but, fortunately, not yet too many.’
    luckily, happily, providentially, opportunely, by good luck, by good fortune, as luck would have it, propitiously
    mercifully, thankfully
    thank goodness, thank god, thank heavens, thank the stars
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