ba·​si·​cal·​ly ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce basically (audio)
 also  -zi-
: at a basic level : in fundamental disposition or nature
basically correct
basically, they are simple people
: for the most part
they basically play zone defense
: in a basic manner : simply
live basically

Examples of basically in a Sentence

your answer is basically correct
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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of basically was in 1863

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“Basically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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