Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.
  • adj. Expressive of gratitude: a thankful smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing appreciation or gratitude.
  • adj. Obtaining or deserving thanks; thankworthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Obtaining or deserving thanks; thankworthy.
  • adj. Impressed with a sense of kindness received, and ready to acknowledge it; grateful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impressed with a sense of kindness received, and ready to acknowledge it; grateful.
  • Expressive of thanks; given or done in token of thanks.
  • Deserving thanks; meritorious; acceptable.
  • Pleasing; pleasant.
  • Synonyms See grateful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or showing gratitude

Etymologies

From thank +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I _am_ thankful for that," broke in Felix, "most _thankful_!

    We Ten Or, The Story of the Roses

  • I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time.

    Jenny Sanford files for divorce

  • I am, in short, thankful for private-property markets that are the main driving force behind these and many other anti-pollutants -- a force so powerful that we today enjoy the incredible luxury of being able to worry, should we so choose, about very distant and very speculative forms of environmental problems such as species loss and global warming.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Nagi is again thankful for his rescue and says he wants to repay him.

    Hayate No Gotoku! « Undercover

  • Until then, I just keep hoping that Republicans will stop caring about what Ted Kennedy will say and remain thankful because it could be far worse.

    Sound Politics: Doug Parris Thinks I Hate Conservatives...Or Something Like That

  • I promise to remain thankful and yes, to thank a least one staff daily!

    NTASD

  • The one huge relief for which I am very thankful is not having to commute on icy roads in rush hour traffic on a 4 or 6 lane freeway.

    Slower pace of life

  • Sometimes I feel a little troubled about my own increased expenditure, and sometimes I am worried overmuch about the details of the housekeeping; for you know, till this winter, I have not kept house for several years, and one loses the habit and faculty for it; oftenest of all, however, I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for the general blessed peace of these, my latter days.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • But that delusive passion has subsided, and among the unmerited mercies for which I have to be thankful is that, in my frantic pursuit of Clara Day, I was not cursed with success!

    The Hidden Hand

  • When I stood there, the earth, reposing in thankful peace, was bathed in the glad light of Heaven.

    A Lady's Glimpse of the Late War in Bohemia

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