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grateful

[greyt-fuh l] /ˈgreɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful:
I am grateful to you for your help.
2.
expressing or actuated by gratitude:
a grateful letter.
3.
pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing:
a grateful breeze.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; obsolete grate pleasing (< Latin grātus) + -ful
Related forms
gratefully, adverb
gratefulness, noun
overgrateful, adjective
overgratefully, adverb
overgratefulness, noun
quasi-grateful, adjective
quasi-gratefully, adverb
Can be confused
grateful, gratified (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. obliged, indebted. Grateful, thankful describe an appreciative attitude for what one has received. Grateful indicates a warm or deep appreciation of personal kindness as shown to one: grateful for favors; grateful to one's neighbors for help in time of trouble. Thankful indicates a disposition to express gratitude by giving thanks, as to a benefactor or to a merciful Providence; there is often a sense of deliverance as well as of appreciation: thankful that one's life was spared in an accident; thankful for the comfort of one's general situation. 3. pleasant, gratifying, satisfying.
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British Dictionary definitions for grate-fulness

grateful

/ˈɡreɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
2.
showing gratitude: a grateful letter
3.
favourable or pleasant: a grateful rest
Derived Forms
gratefully, adverb
gratefulness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete grate, from Latin grātus + -ful
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Word Origin and History for grate-fulness

grateful

adj.

1550s, "pleasing to the mind," also "full of gratitude," from obsolete adj. grate "agreeable, thankful," from Latin gratus "pleasing" (see grace). "A most unusual formation" [Weekley]. Hard to think of another case where English uses -ful to make an adjective from an adjective. Related: Gratefully; gratefulness.

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