Definition of grateful:

part of speech: noun


part of speech: adjective

Pleasant; delightful; thankful.

part of speech: adjective

Causing pleasure: acceptable: delightful: thankful: having a due sense of benefits.

part of speech: adverb


part of speech: adjective

Thankful; pleasurable.

part of speech: noun

GRATEFULNESS. GRATEFUL, THANKFUL. Grateful is preferred when we speak of the general character of a persons mind; as, a person of a grateful disposition; or when a person has received favors from some individual. Thankful has reference rather to gratitude for particular act of kindness, and does not necessarily imply a favor conferred by a person; as, for instance, when we say we are thankful at being delivered from danger; I felt thankful at my escape, where it is nearly equivalent to relieved or glad; thankful has generally reference of some specific act; grateful is more general or characteristic of a habit. This is clearly seen in their opposites, ungrateful and thankless, or ingratitude and thanklessness.

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