hot·​ly | \ ˈhät-lē How to pronounce hotly (audio) \

Definition of hotly

: in a hot manner a hotly contested series

Examples of hotly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea that psychiatric disorders influence extremism is hotly contested. Meleah Lyden, Orlando Sentinel, 7 May 2022 That should be disconcerting for Democrats, who have managed to keep primary figures close even in races that aren’t hotly contested. cleveland, 4 May 2022 Further, the new airport plan comes in the wake of SANDAG’s hotly debated $160 billion, long-range transportation proposal for the county, replete with high-speed rail. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, proposed cutting off imports of Russian coal — oil and natural gas remain hotly debated — and barring Russian vessels from E.U. ports as part of a new round of sanctions. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 They were hotly debated, drew foreign retaliation, and raised prices on many consumer goods and industrial inputs. Ed Gresser, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 To reduce that risk, a costly weapons buyback program may be necessary, although the success of such programs remains hotly debated. Jessica Trisko Darden, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 Several school districts have hotly contested board elections, including in Cedarburg, Menomonee Falls, Mequon-Thiensville, Pewaukee and Waukesha. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2022 Less reflective of the Academy, but just as much of a rollercoaster, has been the awards season race in general—and few categories are as hotly contested as best actress, which, just days before the Oscars ceremony begins, is still anyone’s game. Liam Hess, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hotly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Hotly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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