firstly

adverb
first·​ly | \ ˈfərst-lē How to pronounce firstly (audio) \

Definition of firstly

: in the first place : first

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Examples of firstly in a Sentence

firstly, gather all the ingredients together
Recent Examples on the Web This data, firstly, needs to be analysed and then have to be put formally to use in a way that’s simple and understandable. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "“Slowdown in the Indian auto industry is only temporary”," 7 Oct. 2019 Compared with the cast of last year’s repellent Suspiria, which emphasized what can only be called dykeyness (to the point that the actresses acted openly deviant, ravenous, and ghoulish) Olivia’s characterizations are firstly humane. Armond White, National Review, "The Vintage French Film Olivia Bests Today’s #Resistance Filmmakers," 21 Aug. 2019 The Frenchman was firstly rocked by a doping ban - which was later lifted - and would go on to have a fallout with his manager, who loaned him to Palace ahead of a permanent move to Selhurst Park last year. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Vindicated By Fans Over Sale Following Defender's Woeful Weekend Performance," 2 Apr. 2018 The company’s next biggest business units are firstly construction and then providing engineering and technical services primarily for the U.S. government. Anchorage Daily News, "Feds delay release of $56M in disaster funds stemming from bleak 2016 pink salmon run," 11 June 2019 The Blues were knocked out 4-1 on aggregate by the Spanish side, firstly drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge then losing 3-0 away on Barca's home ground. SI.com, "Chelsea Submit Official Complaint to UEFA Following Distasteful Treatment of Their Fans in Barcelona," 13 Apr. 2018 West Brom almost completed a dramatic and late comeback, firstly when Kolarov accidentally kicked the ball against Costel Pantillimon for an own-goal. SI.com, "Man City vs West Brom Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 30 Jan. 2018 And the reason why is because, firstly, the traditional left-right divide doesn’t define American politics anymore. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Can Abdul El-Sayed Pull Off the Next Big Progressive Midterm Upset in Michigan?," 1 Aug. 2018 The Castell is successful when two conditions are met: firstly, a child called an enxaneta scurries up to the top, raises four fingers—representing the stripes on the Catalan flag—and then descends the other side. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018

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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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12 Nov 2019

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“Firstly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firstly. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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