earnestly

adverb
ear·​nest·​ly | \ ˈər-nəst-lē How to pronounce earnestly (audio) \

Definition of earnestly

: in an earnest and serious manner : not lightly, casually, or flippantly speaking earnestly asking earnestly for forgiveness providing the relief that they had earnestly hoped for She spoke so earnestly, with such emotion in her voice, that Omakayas was always to remember that moment …— Louise Erdrich They sing contemporary R&B earnestly, like they borrowed it and want to return it in better condition than when they got it.— Danyel Smith

First Known Use of earnestly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Earnestly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earnestly. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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