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[hohp-fuh-lee] /ˈhoʊp fə li/

in a manner:
We worked hopefully and energetically, thinking we might finish first.
it is hoped; if all goes well:
Hopefully, we will get to the show on time.
in a hopeful manner
(informal) it is hoped: hopefully they will be here soon

1630s, “in a hopeful manner,” from hopeful + -ly (2). As a replacement for the admittedly awkward it is to be hoped that attested from 1932 but avoided by careful writers.


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