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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.
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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"
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n. gratitud.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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 never responded to more than one encore, which was always "Home, Sweet Home." 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.
Fear and depression vanished from the man's manner, and gratefulness and a brave animation took their place:
He, in turn, realized what she had done, and in the consequent warm surge of gratefulness that overwhelmed him forgot his loose-worded tongue.
There is this little moment before I say "thank you" in which my heart is full--before it overflows in thanks--and this little phase of gratitude, which I call gratefulness, is very important because it is the full response to the gratuitously given.
But from what I can see, life is filled with celebration and gratefulness. They have something that we're missing: their connection to the world around them is unbroken, as is their connection to each other and to their ancestors.
During the meeting with Indian envoy, the head of the state expressed his gratefulness to the people and the government of India for their heartfelt support in 1971 Liberation War.
Cruz expressed her gratefulness and appreciation for her beau via Instagram on New Year's Day.
Principal Prof Saleha Jabeen, faculty members and students welcomed the guests and expressed their gratefulness on thei arrival.