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thankful

[thangk-fuh l] /ˈθæŋk fəl/
adjective
1.
feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.
Origin of thankful
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English thancful. See thank, -ful
Related forms
thankfully, adverb
thankfulness, noun
superthankful, adjective
superthankfully, adverb
superthankfulness, noun
Synonyms
beholden, obliged. See grateful.
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Examples from the Web for thankfully
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  • The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I joyfully and thankfully accepted them, especially as I was in want of them at that time.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • thankfully she sat down on the foot-board of Fay's little pram.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He thankfully reclosed his eyes and continued to nurse himself.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Of this tender the friends had thankfully availed themselves.

British Dictionary definitions for thankfully

thankfully

/ˈθæŋkfʊlɪ/
adverb
1.
showing gratitude or appreciation
2.
(informal) fortunately: thankfully she was not injured
Usage note
The use of thankfully to mean fortunately was formerly considered incorrect by many people, but has now become acceptable in informal contexts

thankful

/ˈθæŋkfʊl/
adjective
1.
grateful and appreciative
Derived Forms
thankfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thankfully

thankful

adj.

Old English þancfulle; see thank + -ful. Related: Thankfully; thankfulness.

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