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

Definition of hotly

: in a hot manner a hotly contested series

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The paper was hotly disputed, including by those at the water authority. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 The presence of a link between marijuana use and the risk of getting in a fatal crash, meanwhile, is hotly disputed. Shelley Murphy,, "Drugged driving a complex question for new commission," 14 June 2018 That’s a contention that is hotly disputed by the green power producers, oil and gas companies and the regulators who oversee many of the nation’s power systems — which have been rapidly shifting to cleaner sources of electricity. James Rainey /, NBC News, "Trump energy plan would prop up failing coal and nuclear plants," 1 June 2018 Setting aside the subsidy question for a moment because it's hotly disputed, some people might wonder how Gooch came up with his creative gardening story. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Using tomatoes to attack solar power, a Kentucky lawmaker pulls from big business playbook," 14 Feb. 2018 Even Hedi Slimane’s hotly debated Celine debut included unisex suiting, worn by male models in the show and Natalie Portman on the red carpet. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the People, Trends, and Products That Will Rule Fashion in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 This announcement comes at a time when emotional support animals are rampant and hotly debated. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.," 11 Dec. 2018 Since then, sleep has become a popular topic in modern science, hotly debated by philosophers, scientists, and spiritualists over the centuries, though the conversation may not have been as popular in the mainstream. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 Few topics are being as hotly debated in California in 2018 as the high cost of housing and the lack of affordable options for millions of residents. John Myers,, "California voters will weigh these 12 propositions on November's ballot," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of hotly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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