Definition of thankfully in English:



  • 1In a thankful manner.

    ‘she thankfully accepted the armchair she was offered’
    • ‘Ever the gentleman he offered her an arm for support and she accepted thankfully.’
    • ‘The robberies took place during a funeral and any information will be thankfully accepted.’
    1. 1.1[sentence adverb]Used to express pleasure or relief at a fortunate outcome.
      ‘thankfully, everything went smoothly’
      • ‘My article was not written for you and thankfully it has reached its target audience.’
      • ‘Today, thankfully, relations with the committee are somewhat more cordial.’
      • ‘A full scale search was launched and thankfully she was found unharmed, aside from suffering from the cold.’
      • ‘A large crowd was in attendance despite the strong breeze but thankfully the rain stayed away.’
      • ‘It's a gorgeous album, but thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously either.’
      • ‘After Santa, we had a look around the craft fair, which wasn't all that good so thankfully my wallet stayed put in my pocket.’
      • ‘The animal was as close as 60 yards but thankfully showed no interest in the doctor or his wife.’
      • ‘What saves it as a film are the stunning dance performances which are thankfully allowed to play out in full.’
      • ‘His health has improved so much that thankfully he is able to lead a normal life, going about his work as usual.’
      • ‘The instruments had cost Benedict a fortune, but thankfully he was already a millionaire.’
      • ‘But thankfully no-one was hurt, none of the other properties were in danger, and all is well.’
      • ‘Bill's smugness is in full swing here, and thankfully is toned down in later performances.’
      • ‘Cake forks and serviettes were provided, thankfully not placed under the buttered teacake!’
      • ‘Eager to claim pole position, he skidded off the track with two minutes left, but thankfully walked away unhurt.’
      • ‘Ancestors buried beneath its great floor slates thankfully still rest in peace.’
      • ‘But on the whole it could have been much worse and thankfully there weren't any clashes between the fans.’
      • ‘I've had many years of yo-yo dieting, but thankfully for the last two and half years, I have not been on a diet.’
      • ‘A few players from each side got involved in a fracas, but thankfully common sense prevailed.’
      • ‘It is so easy for it to happen, as we have seen here, but thankfully this case ended happily.’
      • ‘When he collapsed it, he was stretchered off with a neck injury that, thankfully, revealed no fractures.’
      fortunately, happily, providentially, opportunely, by good luck, by good fortune, as luck would have it, propitiously
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Thankfully has been used for centuries to mean ‘in a thankful manner’, as in she accepted the offer thankfully. Since the 1960s it has also been used as a sentence adverb to mean ‘fortunately’, as in thankfully, we didn't have to wait. Although this use has not attracted the same amount of attention as hopefully, it has been criticized for the same reasons. It is, however, far commoner now than the traditional use, accounting for more than 80 per cent of citations for thankfully in the Oxford English Corpus. For further explanation, see hopefully


Old English thancfullīce (see thankful, -ly).