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adverb pure·ly \ˈpyu̇r-lē\

Simple Definition of purely

  • : completely or only

Full Definition of purely

  1. 1 a :  to a full extent :  totally <purely by accident> b :  wholly, exclusively <a selection based purely on merit>

  2. 2 :  without admixture of anything injurious or foreign

  3. 3 :  simply, merely <read purely for relaxation>

  4. 4 :  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of purely

14th century

Rhymes with purely



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