basically

adverb ba·si·cal·ly \ ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē also -zi- \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of basically

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 : in a basic manner : simply
  • live basically

Examples of basically in a Sentence

  1. your answer is basically correct

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First Known Use of basically

1863

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BASICALLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of basically for English Language Learners

  • : in a general or basic way

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

  • : in a simple way



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