happily
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈha.pə.li/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhæ.pə.li/

Adverb

happily

  1. (archaic) By chance; perhaps.
    Synonyms: haply
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      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 so much as to hope for.
  4. With good will; in all happiness; willingly.
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