adverb pure·ly \ˈpyr-lē\

: completely or only

Full Definition of PURELY

a :  to a full extent :  totally <purely by accident>
b :  wholly, exclusively <a selection based purely on merit>
:  without admixture of anything injurious or foreign
:  simply, merely <read purely for relaxation>
:  in a chaste or innocent manner

Examples of PURELY

  1. They met purely by accident.
  2. a selection based purely on merit
  3. The organization's mission, purely and simply, is to provide food to people who need it.
  4. It was purely and simply a matter of greed.

First Known Use of PURELY

14th century

Rhymes with PURELY


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