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basically

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adverb ba·si·cal·ly \ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē also -zi-\

Simple Definition of basically

  • : in a general or basic way

  • —used to show that a statement is expressing the most important reason for something

  • : in a simple way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of basically

  1. 1 a :  at a basic level :  in fundamental disposition or nature <basically correct> <basically, they are simple people> b :  for the most part <they basically play zone defense>

  2. 2 :  in a basic manner :  simply <live basically>

Examples of basically in a sentence

  1. <your answer is basically correct>



1903

First Known Use of basically

1903



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