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happily

[hap-uh-lee] /ˈhæp ə li/
adverb
1.
in a happy manner; with pleasure.
2.
by good fortune; luckily; providentially.
3.
felicitously; aptly; appropriately:
a happily turned phrase.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see happy, -ly
Related forms
overhappily, adverb
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily.
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happily

adv.

mid-14c., "by chance or accident," from happy + -ly (2). Meaning "fortunate, lucky" is late 14c.; that of "appropriately" is from 1570s. Happily ever after recorded by 1853.

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