abruptly

adverb
abrupt·​ly | \ ə-ˈbrəp(t)-lē How to pronounce abruptly (audio) \

Definition of abruptly

: in an abrupt manner : in a sudden and unexpected way He left abruptly. The car swerved abruptly onto the exit ramp. Her career as a psychologist ended abruptly several years ago when a hacker broke into some of her private client files and made them public …— Michael Logan The small, rocky Anacapa Island [California] has steep cliffs which rise abruptly from the ocean on almost every side …— David J. Rutherford

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First Known Use of abruptly

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of abruptly was in 1565

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“Abruptly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abruptly. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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