happily

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Etymology[edit]

From happy +‎ -ly.

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Adverb[edit]

happily (comparative more happily, superlative most happily)

  1. (archaic) By chance; perhaps.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      And who knoweth whether a thousand yeares hence a third opinion will rise, which happily shall overthrow these two precedents?
  2. By good chance; fortunately, successfully.
  3. In a happy or cheerful manner; with happiness.
    • 1808, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Minerva Press for Lane and Newman, page 311:
      And thus I have given the first part of a life of fortune and adventure, a life of Providence's chequer-work, and of a variety which the world will seldom be able to shew the like of: beginning foolishly, but closing much more happily than any part of it ever gave me leave to much as to hope for.
  4. With good will; in all happiness; willingly.

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