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 No one says the government isn't firstly responsible for their own citizens. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Covid-19 in the World's Largest Refugee Camp: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 15," 15 June 2020 What distinguishes this debut feature from Andrew Onwubolu, aka Rapman, is firstly its storytelling structure, making welcome use of the writer-director’s rap talents to serve as a Greek chorus. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Gang warfare film 'Blue Story' is a grim tale freshly told," 7 May 2020 As for the consequences, firstly Dembele could suspended - without pay - from anywhere between 11 and 30 days., "Ousmane Dembele Set for Barcelona Fine After Failing to Disclose Hamstring Injury," 22 Aug. 2019 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., "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., "Chelsea Submit Official Complaint to UEFA Following Distasteful Treatment of Their Fans in Barcelona," 13 Apr. 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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“Firstly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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