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Synonyms of hopefully in English:

adverb

  • 1 he rode on hopefully
  • 2 hopefully it will finish soon
    if all goes well, God willing, with luck, with any luck;
    most likely, probably;
    informal knock on wood, fingers crossed
  • Usage

    hopefully

    The traditional sense of hopefully, ‘in a hopeful manner’ ( he stared hopefully at the trophy), has been used since 1593. The first recorded use of hopefully as a sentence adverb, meaning ‘it is to be hoped that’ ( hopefully, we'll see you tomorrow), appears in 1702 in the Magnalia Christi Americana, written by Massachusetts theologian and writer Cotton Mather. This use of hopefully is now the most common one. Sentence adverbs in general ( frankly, honestly, regrettably, seriously) are found in English since at least the 1600s, and their use has become common in recent decades. However, most traditionalists take the view that all sentence adverbs are inherently suspect. Although they concede that the battle over hopefully is lost on the popular front, they continue to withhold approval of its use as a sentence adverb. Attentive ears are particularly bothered when the sentence that follows does not match the promise of the introductory adverb, as when frankly is followed not by an expression of honesty but by a self-serving proclamation ( frankly, I don't care if you go or not)

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