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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But thankfully for all of the budget-conscious folks out there looking to indulge, Spa Week is right around the corner. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Spa Week 2018: All the Details About $50 Treatments and Discounts in Every State," 26 Mar. 2018 And thankfully for everyone, someone to wash the dishes. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tinker Kitchen aims to bring a science-minded kitchen space to the Mission," 10 Jan. 2018 Sure, most people aren’t going to go that far, thankfully, but there’s still a definite downside to celebrity obsession. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "Your Royal Wedding Obsession Could Be Dangerous, a Psychiatrist Warns," 19 Apr. 2018 Del the Funky Homosapien took a hard fall during his set with Gorillaz at Denmark's Roskilde Festival on Saturday (July 7), but the rapper is thankfully okay and on the mend. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Gorillaz Wrap Festival Set Following Del the Funky Homosapien's Stage Fall," 8 July 2018 As for the hard work of destigmatizing pumping, thankfully Teigen isn’t alone. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen's Breast Pump Selfie is as Real as It Gets—I Know Firsthand," 19 June 2018 The new series does, thankfully, leave the mystery unresolved. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 In a pair of tweets, Grande built up her fans' hopes and thankfully delivered. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Pushes 'God Is A Woman' Release Date Up: 'Surprise'," 12 July 2018 The seafood-centric Italian menu from LDV Hospitality is essentially Scarpetta by the sea, though thankfully more satisfying than my meals at that company’s restaurant on Rittenhouse Square. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 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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grateful/thankful for small mercies

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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