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: in a foolish manner : foolishly
: in a fond manner : affectionately
spoke of her fondly
: in a willingly credulous manner
it would stun, I fondly hoped, the reader— Annie Dillard
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: in a loving way
: in a hopeful but not reasonable way
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living or existing for a long time
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