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.

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By the turn of the century, the adverse effects of using arsenic tint were widely exposed, color technology had vastly improved, and the practice (thankfully) grew out of fashion. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "The Best Shade of Green is Actually Named for a Deadly Poison," 26 Apr. 2019 The set contains three makeup brushes, each shaped like a different (and thankfully spike-free) cactus. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Need These Cactus-Shaped Makeup Brushes From Tarte's Sister Brand Sugar Rush Immediately," 19 Apr. 2019 Between 2008 and 2012, the palace caught fire 40 times—thankfully all of them were put out quickly. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "MPs Warn that the U.K.'s Parliament Building is Vulnerable to a Notre-Dame-Like Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 There are some design choices that point to the I-Pace’s role as a bridge to the future from an entrenched company—the traditional grille on the nose, the thankfully optional synth vroom vroom piped in by the stereo. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 Lori was dropped from all upcoming Hallmark projects, though thankfully WCTH will continue on without her. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'When Calls the Heart' Season 7," 14 Apr. 2019 While there are a lot of medical mysteries out there, this thankfully isn’t one of them. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does Lying Down After Eating Really Cause Gas?," 28 Mar. 2019 Fixer Upper may be over, but thankfully for fans, there's so much more to come—including Joanna's new HGTV show Behind the Design. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "7 Things You Missed from the Series Premiere of 'Behind the Design'," 11 Apr. 2018 The weather was as cold and gray as the homeland, but thankfully not as wet. David Frese, kansascity, "Oh, the things you’ll see on St. Patrick’s Day in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 17 Mar. 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
old-fashioned : with a feeling of thanks

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something valued as if it were money

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