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  1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.
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Origin of thankful

before 900; Middle English; Old English thancful. See thank, -ful
Related formsthank·ful·ly, adverbthank·ful·ness, nounsu·per·thank·ful, adjectivesu·per·thank·ful·ly, adverbsu·per·thank·ful·ness, noun

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beholden, obliged. See grateful.
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Related Words for thankful

indebted, relieved, overwhelmed, satisfied, contented, grateful, pleased, beholden, content, obliged, gratified

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  1. grateful and appreciative
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Derived Formsthankfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thankful


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

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