first·​ly | \ˈfərst-lē \

Definition of firstly 

: in the first place : first

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firstly, gather all the ingredients together

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Brighton were fortunate to survive two early penalty shouts as firstly Shane Duffy handled a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross before the Irishman clattered into Salah. Chris Brereton,, "Liverpool clinch Champions League spot with thrashing of Brighton," 13 May 2018 For example, individuals with physical impairment often wear tracksuits for comfort and thus suffer from double discrimination: firstly, because of their disability, and secondly, because of the way they are dressed. Lauren Sharkey, The Cut, "Fashion Psychology Now Has Its Own Magazine," 11 May 2018 Over and over, Nixon was described firstly as an actress on the iconic show (which ended its TV run 14 years ago). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon Is Not Just Another Trumpian Celebrity Running for Office," 20 Mar. 2018 Pogba was in fine form on Monday night, firstly providing Antonio Valencia with the ball for United's opening goal, and then setting up Anthony Martial with a brilliant no look pass for their second., "Impressive Stat Shows Just How Influential Pogba Has Been for Man Utd This Season," 16 Jan. 2018 My belief is that investments benefit firstly from legal certainty and the right incentives given to market players at the right time in the right place. Sébastien Soriano, Slate Magazine, "Europe Has a Message for Americans on Net Neutrality," 12 Dec. 2017 The Cabinet hasn’t decided yet as the debate has been focused elsewhere: firstly on whether transition was a good idea at all and latterly on preparations for the no-deal scenario. Emma Ross-thomas,, "Brexit Bulletin: Back to the Brink," 24 Oct. 2017 Whether Bryant was doubled or contained in off coverage from Peters, Heyward-Bey said, the Steelers firstly had to run the ball. Jacob Klinger |,, "Stopping Martavis Bryant was KC Chiefs' game plan vs. Steelers," 16 Oct. 2017 While claiming to be focused firstly on American economic prosperity, Trump has denied the scientific premise that will shape the future of the global energy economy. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "It Is a Time to Talk About Climate Change," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of firstly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firstly was in the 15th century

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