- 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
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.
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Examples from the Web for hopefully
Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Hopefully not overly close, but we talk about it in the episode how similar it is.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
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Hopefully, she got as much of a laugh out of it as the rest of the world has.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos
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She was gonna be in New York and wanted to hang around for New Years and hopefully be able to stay long enough to meet our baby.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
At least some people had seen the posting and failed to notify the authorities, hopefully because they had not taken it seriously.Two Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn
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It seemed an age since he walked so hopefully away from the tent.In the Midst of Alarms
"The boys will surely save us," said Matilda Agnes, hopefully.
He took up the one containing the mixture and regarded it hopefully.
"Not that I ain't seen things in my life," went on Asaph, hopefully.
Hopefully, he suggested, "A mirage or sort of a mutual hallucination?"The Hohokam Dig
- in a hopeful manner
- informal it is hopedhopefully they will be here soon
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
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Word Origin and History for hopefully
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