Definition of thankfully in US English:

thankfully

adverb

  • 1In a thankful manner.

    ‘she thankfully accepted the armchair she was offered’
    • ‘The robberies took place during a funeral and any information will be thankfully accepted.’
    • ‘Ever the gentleman he offered her an arm for support and she accepted thankfully.’
    1. 1.1sentence adverb Used to express pleasure or relief at the situation or outcome that one is reporting; fortunately.
      ‘thankfully, everything went smoothly’
      • ‘Today, thankfully, relations with the committee are somewhat more cordial.’
      • ‘The instruments had cost Benedict a fortune, but thankfully he was already a millionaire.’
      • ‘When he collapsed it, he was stretchered off with a neck injury that, thankfully, revealed no fractures.’
      • ‘My article was not written for you and thankfully it has reached its target audience.’
      • ‘His health has improved so much that thankfully he is able to lead a normal life, going about his work as usual.’
      • ‘It is so easy for it to happen, as we have seen here, but thankfully this case ended happily.’
      • ‘Cake forks and serviettes were provided, thankfully not placed under the buttered teacake!’
      • ‘But on the whole it could have been much worse and thankfully there weren't any clashes between the fans.’
      • ‘It's a gorgeous album, but thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously either.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ancestors buried beneath its great floor slates thankfully still rest in peace.’
      • ‘But thankfully no-one was hurt, none of the other properties were in danger, and all is well.’
      • ‘What saves it as a film are the stunning dance performances which are thankfully allowed to play out in full.’
      • ‘The animal was as close as 60 yards but thankfully showed no interest in the doctor or his wife.’
      • ‘A few players from each side got involved in a fracas, but thankfully common sense prevailed.’
      • ‘Bill's smugness is in full swing here, and thankfully is toned down in later performances.’
      • ‘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.’
      fortunately, happily, providentially, opportunely, by good luck, by good fortune, as luck would have it, propitiously
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Usage

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

Origin

Old English thancfullīce (see thankful, -ly).

Pronunciation

thankfully

/ˈθæŋkfəli//ˈTHaNGkfəlē/