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happily adv
1 in a joyous manner; "they shouted happily" [syn: merrily, mirthfully, gayly, blithely, jubilantly, with happiness] [ant: unhappily]
2 in an unexpectedly lucky way; "happily he was not injured" [ant: sadly]

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  1. In a happy 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.
  2. Without fuss.
  3. Willingly.
  4. Fortunately.


In a happy manner
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