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 for fortuitously
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fortuitous \For*tu"i*tous\, a. [L. fortuitus; akin to forte,
     adv., by chance, prop. abl. of fors, fortis, chance. See
     1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or
        without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous
        concourse of atoms.
        [1913 Webster]
              It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that
              all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.
        [1913 Webster]
              So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon
              the whole.                            --Hazlitt.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of
        foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes.
     Syn: Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See
          Accidental. -- For*tu"i*tous*ly, adv. --
          For*tu"i*tous*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: by good fortune; "fortunately the weather was good" [syn:
             fortunately, fortuitously, luckily, as luck would
             have it] [ant: alas, regrettably, unfortunately,

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