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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Happily  \Hap"pi*ly\,  adv  [From  {Happy}.] 
  1.  By  chance;  peradventure;  haply.  [Obs.]  --Piers  Plowman. 
 
  2.  By  good  fortune;  fortunately;  luckily. 
 
  Preferred  by  conquest,  happily  o'erthrown.  --Waller. 
 
  3.  In  a  happy  manner  or  state;  in  happy  circumstances;  as  he 
  lived  happily  with  his  wife. 
 
  4.  With  address  or  dexterity;  gracefully;  felicitously;  in  a 
  manner  to  success;  with  success. 
 
  Formed  by  thy  converse,  happily  to  steer  From  grave 
  to  gay,  from  lively  to  severe.  --Pope. 
 
  Syn:  Fortunately;  luckily;  successfully;  prosperously; 
  contentedly;  dexterously;  felicitously. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  happily  adv  Of  software,  used  to  emphasize  that  a  program  is 
  unaware  of  some  important  fact  about  its  environment,  either  because 
  it  has  been  fooled  into  believing  a  lie,  or  because  it  doesn't  care 
  The  sense  of  `happy'  here  is  not  that  of  elation,  but  rather  that  of 
  blissful  ignorance.  "The  program  continues  to  run,  happily  unaware  that 
  its  output  is  going  to  /dev/null."  Also  used  to  suggest  that  a  program 
  or  device  would  really  rather  be  doing  something  destructive,  and  is 
  being  given  an  opportunity  to  do  so  "If  you  enter  an  O  here  instead 
  of  a  zero,  the  program  will  happily  erase  all  your  data."  Neverheless, 
  use  of  this  term  implies  a  basically  benign  attitude  towards  the  program: 
  It  didn't  mean  any  harm,  it  was  just  eager  to  do  its  job.  We'd  like  to  be 
  angry  at  it  but  we  shouldn't,  we  should  try  to  understand  it  instead.  The 
  adjective  cheerfully"  is  often  used  in  exactly  the  same  way 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  happily 
 
  Of  software,  used  to  emphasise  that  a  program  is  unaware  of 
  some  important  fact  about  its  environment,  either  because  it 
  has  been  fooled  into  believing  a  lie,  or  because  it  doesn't 
  care  The  sense  of  happy"  here  is  not  that  of  elation,  but 
  rather  that  of  blissful  ignorance.  "The  program  continues  to 
  run,  happily  unaware  that  its  output  is  going  to  /dev/null." 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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