American English

Definition of thankfully adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used to show that you are pleased that something good has happened or that something bad has been avoided synonym fortunately There was a fire in the building, but thankfully no one was hurt. Thankfully, the house was empty when I got home.
  2. 2in a pleased or grateful way At the end of a busy day, I just sink thankfully into bed. I accepted the invitation thankfully.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: thankfully