thank·​ful·​ly | \ ˈthaŋk-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce thankfully (audio) \

Definition of thankfully

1 : in a thankful manner spoke thankfully
2 : as makes one thankful graceless stadiums … thankfully going out of fashion— R. G. Echevarriá thankfully, those opinions are advanced with graceful prose— Ken Auletta

Examples of thankfully in a Sentence

The instructions were thankfully simple. I always receive your calls thankfully.
Recent Examples on the Web Apple thankfully listened to user feedback and added a way for users to move the address bar back to the top of the browser window. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 15 Jan. 2022 The cabinet, thankfully, had booted into a menu screen. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 14 Jan. 2022 So for me, Wordle immediately seemed like a strategy puzzle, and thankfully for us, those can be mathematized. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 Jan. 2022 And thankfully, there are at-home COVID tests that make the process easy—no searching for a testing appointment at local pharmacies or waiting in a long line at a pop-up testing site. Ashley Abramson,, 14 Jan. 2022 As unlikely, thankfully, as that is, who would take the church’s reins? David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Jan. 2022 Johns says thankfully the measures have largely worked, and most of his employees have stayed on. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 The Ultimates ended after only 20 issues, but thankfully the writer has continued his exploration of the super-size cosmic aspects of the Marvel Universe in this Defenders miniseries. Christian Holub,, 8 Jan. 2022 There is no scientific process that would yield a definitive answer to the question of the best book of the last 125 years because, thankfully, there is no universal, codifiable method for the effect of literature on readers. John Warner,, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of thankfully

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thankfully was before the 12th century

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thank God/goodness/heaven(s)/the Lord

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17 Jan 2022

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“Thankfully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of thankfully

: in a way that makes you feel thankful
: with a feeling of thanks

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