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1. Appreciative of benefits received; thankful: I'm grateful for your help.
2. Expressing gratitude: a grateful look.
3. Affording pleasure or comfort; agreeable: grateful relief from the hot sun.

[From obsolete grate, pleasing, from Latin grātus; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

grate′ful·ly adv.
grate′ful·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gratefulness - warm friendly feelings of gratitudegratefulness - warm friendly feelings of gratitude
gratitude - a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; "he was overwhelmed with gratitude for their help"




n. gratitud.
References in classic literature ?
Fear and depression vanished from the man's manner, and gratefulness and a brave animation took their place:
Tom got more cuffs and kisses that day -- according to Aunt Polly's varying moods -- than he had earned before in a year; and he hardly knew which expressed the most gratefulness to God and affection for himself.
The artist prefers a hilly country because it is picturesque; the engineer a flat one because it is convenient; the man of pleasure likes what he calls "a fine woman"--she suits him; the fashionable young gentleman admires the fashionable young lady--she is of his kind; the toil-worn, fagged, probably irritable tutor, blind almost to beauty, insensible to airs and graces, glories chiefly in certain mental qualities: application, love of knowledge, natural capacity, docility, truthfulness, gratefulness, are the charms that attract his notice and win his regard.
He drank until his sun-shrunken sides stood out like the walls of a balloon, although longer were the intervals from the drinking in which, with his tongue of gratefulness, he spoke against the black skin of Lamai's hand.
He, in turn, realized what she had done, and in the consequent warm surge of gratefulness that overwhelmed him forgot his loose-worded tongue.
After that, while the audience clapped and stamped its approval and delight of the dog Caruso, Jacob Henderson would appear on the stage, bowing and smiling in stereotyped gladness and gratefulness, rest his right hand on Michael's shoulders with a play-acted assumption of comradeliness, whereupon both Henderson and Michael would bow ere the final curtain went down.
When you work gratefulness into your daily life, your children will adopt the same attitude of gratitude.
Pelare expressed her gratefulness for the trust bestowed upon her by colleagues to lead Media 101 and vowed fairness in news reporting and to be responsible mediamen.
Bon-Odori is a traditional Japanese dance which is held every summer in Japan as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel towards one's ancestors who have passed away, said a press release issued here on Saturday.
We thank you for all that you have done for this country and its institutions, its Army, its Internal Security Forces, its economy and the Syrian refugees," said Jumblatt, expressing his heartfelt appreciation and gratefulness to Fletcher.
Bon-Odori (meaning Bon dance) is a traditional Japanese dance held every summer in Japan as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel towards one's ancestors, who have passed away.
He promised the country a special song dedicated to them and in their dialect as a token of his gratefulness.