fondly - definition and synonyms

adverb 

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/ˈfɒndli/
  1. 1
    in a way that shows that you like and care about someone

    She smiled fondly at her brother and his wife.

    1. a.
      with positive or happy feelings

      He is fondly remembered as a wonderful teacher.

      Dave still speaks fondly of his days as a footballer.

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  2. 2
    in a way that is not sensible because what you hope or believe is unlikely to be true

    His parents fondly imagined that he would continue the family business.