thank·​ful·​ly ˈthaŋk-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce thankfully (audio)
: in a thankful manner
spoke thankfully
: as makes one thankful
graceless stadiums … thankfully going out of fashionR. G. Echevarriá
thankfully, those opinions are advanced with graceful proseKen Auletta

Example Sentences

The instructions were thankfully simple. I always receive your calls thankfully.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Thankfully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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