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[prair-fuh l] /ˈprɛər fəl/
given to, characterized by, or expressive of prayer; devout.
Origin of prayerful
First recorded in 1620-30; prayer1 + -ful
Related forms
prayerfully, adverb
prayerfulness, noun
unprayerful, adjective
unprayerfully, adverb
unprayerfulness, noun
pious, godly, reverent. Unabridged
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  • prayerfully I considered my situation and asked God's help to direct me.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Let each choose his own road deliberately, prayerfully, with open eyes.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Here he had prayerfully and carefully completed the outline of his sermon.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • Long, anxiously, and prayerfully did that mother and sister wait for his return.

    Wild Bill's Last Trail Ned Buntline
  • We should ponder them deeply and prayerfully; they are of immense value.

  • Hundreds of pages have been written and prayerfully destroyed.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • I then loaned him several books, asking him to read them prayerfully.

  • Have you seriously and prayerfully thought of your own duty as a Christian, in this case?

    Brought Home Hesba Stretton
British Dictionary definitions for prayerfully


inclined to or characterized by prayer
Derived Forms
prayerfully, adverb
prayerfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prayerfully



1620s, from prayer + -ful. Related: Prayerfully; prayerfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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