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[hohp-fuh-lee] /ˈhoʊp fə li/
in a hopeful manner:
We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
it is hoped; if all goes well:
Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
Origin of hopefully
First recorded in 1630-40; hopeful + -ly
Usage note
Although some strongly object to its use as a sentence modifier, hopefully meaning “it is hoped (that)” has been in use since the 1930s and is fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing: Hopefully, tensions between the two nations will ease. This use of hopefully is parallel to that of certainly, curiously, frankly, regrettably, and other sentence modifiers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Maybe the breeze isn't so strong high up," came from Tom, hopefully.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • "Somehow, I have an idea she won't be so very scornful," said Marjorie hopefully.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • "I do not believe the Kiowas will follow them," Red Dog said, hopefully.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "A dozen or fifteen, I hope," suggested Mr. Ferrers hopefully.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • And certainly he writes more brightly and hopefully than he ever has since he left us, although he has, alas!

    Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family Elizabeth Rundle Charles
British Dictionary definitions for hopefully


in a hopeful manner
(informal) it is hoped: hopefully they will be here soon
Usage note
The use of hopefully to mean it is hoped used to be considered incorrect by some people but has now become acceptable in informal contexts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hopefully

1630s, "in a hopeful manner," from hopeful + -ly (2). As a replacement for the admittedly awkward it is to be hoped that attested from 1932 but avoided by careful writers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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