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hopefully

[hohp-fuh-lee]
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adverb
  1. in a hopeful manner: We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
  2. it is hoped; if all goes well: Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
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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.
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surelyconfidentlyconceivablypositivelyexpectantlysanguinelyexpectedlyfeasibly

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hopefully

adverb
  1. in a hopeful manner
  2. informal it is hopedhopefully they will be here soon
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usage

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hopefully

adv.

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.

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