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 For many, the goal of a clean and orderly home starts to feel impossible around the second week of January but thankfully, Marie Kondo is around to offer a little help this year. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Marie Kondo’s 2021 Resolution? Getting You Organized," 11 Jan. 2021 Incidentally, the lack of neighboring retail storefronts and foot traffic on that side of the street means that the long lines that form are thankfully not really disturbing much in the area. Soleil Ho,, "Horn Barbecue’s new grown-up space in Oakland still has lines. But the meat is worth the wait," 7 Jan. 2021 Now thankfully completed, this gambling drama starring Oscar Isaac looks to continue Schrader’s recent run. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "65 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Looking much like the gorgeous Acura Type S Concept, the new TLX thankfully inherits its good looks. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Is Acura’s 2021 TLX good enough to be Legend-worthy? (review)," 2 Jan. 2021 When the year began, the administration was rumbling about imposing even higher tariffs, which thankfully never happened. Washington Post, "For winemakers, 2020 was the year that ‘dropped us to our knees’," 2 Jan. 2021 With 2020 nearly over (thankfully!) and the release of two coronavirus vaccines, which government officials believe to have promising results, our fingers are crossed that 2021 will be more adventurous. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Here are 21 things to add to your 2021 Frisco bucket list," 31 Dec. 2020 At least hunting was deemed an essential service, so we were thankfully allowed to go into the backcountry. Rachel Ahtila, Outdoor Life, "The Canadian Outfitters Who Survived 2020 Are Rewarded with Another Uncertain Season," 27 Dec. 2020 But then people started to figure out how to do things safely and thankfully things came back to life. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "How four independent production companies kept going during COVID-19," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of thankfully

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

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17 Jan 2021

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“Thankfully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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