Hopefully meaning

hōpfə-lē
(usage problem) It is to be hoped.
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In a hopeful manner.

We began our journey hopefully.

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In a hopeful manner.
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It is to be hoped (that)

To leave early, hopefully by six.

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It is hoped that; I hope; we hope. [from 18th c.]

Hopefully, my father will arrive in time for the show.

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In a hopeful manner. [from 17th c.]
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Hopefully is defined as in a positive or wishful way.

An example of hopefully is someone sitting in a restaurant calmly waiting for their date to arrive; hopefully waiting.

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Origin of hopefully

  • From hopeful +‎ -ly.

    From Wiktionary