thank·​ful·​ly | \ ˈthaŋk-f(ə-)lē \

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.

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There are only five days left to get packages underneath the tree by Christmas, but thankfully there's also two-day shipping, and that math works out in every procrastinator's favor. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Fitness Gifts You Can Order From Target to Still Arrive by Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 The board shoots across the street, thankfully stopped from meeting the creek by a low concrete barrier. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 But thankfully, there’s a big ecosystem of third-party apps that perform these tasks, and Moom is far and away the easiest to use. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 However, developers are realizing that comic fans are often a discerning audience that will voice its outrage at weak adaptations of favorite characters, so lower-quality titles are thankfully fewer and farther-between as time goes on. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 But thankfully there's a way to preserve the Christmas magic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Hide Amazon Orders From Your Family This Holiday Season," 6 Nov. 2018 The Woolsey Fire in Ventura County, thankfully, is at 82 percent containment as of Friday night, and the Hill Fire has been completely contained. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Queen Elizabeth Sent a Message of Support for Meghan Markle's Home State of California," 17 Nov. 2018 Most people don't have magically long blonde hair, but thankfully there are hair extensions to pull off the princess's trademark style. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "These 3 DIY Disney Couples Costumes Are Perfect (and Easy!) for Halloween," 25 Oct. 2018 The new Congress will be sworn in in January, but thankfully, our new Congresswomen aren't waiting until then to hit the ground running. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "I'm Framing This Photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Squad of Congresswomen Immediately," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of thankfully

: in a way that makes you feel thankful

: with a feeling of thanks

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