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 the situation or outcome that one is reporting; fortunately.
      ‘thankfully, everything went smoothly’
      • ‘His health has improved so much that thankfully he is able to lead a normal life, going about his work as usual.’
      • ‘But thankfully no-one was hurt, none of the other properties were in danger, and all is well.’
      • ‘A few players from each side got involved in a fracas, but thankfully common sense prevailed.’
      • ‘A large crowd was in attendance despite the strong breeze but thankfully the rain stayed away.’
      • ‘Eager to claim pole position, he skidded off the track with two minutes left, but thankfully walked away unhurt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cake forks and serviettes were provided, thankfully not placed under the buttered teacake!’
      • ‘Bill's smugness is in full swing here, and thankfully is toned down in later performances.’
      • ‘But on the whole it could have been much worse and thankfully there weren't any clashes between the fans.’
      • ‘It is so easy for it to happen, as we have seen here, but thankfully this case ended happily.’
      • ‘It's a gorgeous album, but thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously either.’
      • ‘The instruments had cost Benedict a fortune, but thankfully he was already a millionaire.’
      • ‘What saves it as a film are the stunning dance performances which are thankfully allowed to play out in full.’
      • ‘A full scale search was launched and thankfully she was found unharmed, aside from suffering from the cold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My article was not written for you and thankfully it has reached its target audience.’
      • ‘Ancestors buried beneath its great floor slates thankfully still rest in peace.’
      • ‘Today, thankfully, relations with the committee are somewhat more cordial.’
      • ‘When he collapsed it, he was stretchered off with a neck injury that, thankfully, revealed no fractures.’
      • ‘The animal was as close as 60 yards but thankfully showed no interest in the doctor or his wife.’
      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 more common now than is the traditional use. For further explanation, see hopefully and sentence adverb


Old English thancfullīce (see thankful, -ly).