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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For Generation Productions, director Kenny Howard doesn’t belabor the dramatic moments that occur in life, and thankfully never allows his actors to turn maudlin or saccharine. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Seasons’ gently and movingly showcases the human circle of life | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 But there’s nothing romantic about war, and thankfully Coyle doesn’t make this a saccharine celebration of patriotism. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Show of Force’ gives a different perspective of military life | Review," 17 Sep. 2019 There were no phones allowed inside, but thankfully, photogs were there to capture James' ensemble. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Wore High Heels to Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Show at New York Fashion Week," 11 Sep. 2019 Of course, the entire premise is utterly ludicrous, and thankfully many people are coming to the Duchess’s defense. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Meghan Markle Is Being Blamed for Serena Williams Losing the U.S. Open," 9 Sep. 2019 Today’s final was thankfully bereft of last year’s controversy, but for Williams and her fans, the sight of her coming up short once again on one of the sport’s biggest stages is surely bittersweet. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Bianca Andreescu’s Remarkable U.S. Open Win," 7 Sep. 2019 As miscalculations go, this blip isn’t anywhere near as grievous as the one-game wild card playoff, or having the All-Star Game determine home field in the World Series (thankfully repealed). Mark Faller, azcentral, "MLB strikes out with boring, black-and-white Players Weekend uniforms," 24 Aug. 2019 This leaves Roman in some legal trouble, though no one dies, thankfully. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 In the wild, the fish thankfully don’t have to be flung manually into the air lock; if all goes well, they’re attracted naturally through a combination of habitat mimicry and manipulation to enter the chamber on their own. Aja Romano, Vox, "These unanswered questions are fueling speculation about the sex offender’s life and death.," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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