importantly

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adverb im·por·tant·ly \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt-lē , especially Southern US and New England -tənt- , -dənt- \

Definition of importantly

1 used to say that what follows in a sentence is important
  • … much more importantly he stands a chance of having his publication barred …
  • —H. L. Mencken
2 a :in an important way
  • … contributed importantly to the language of the field.
  • —Ernst Mayr
  • … the real story is importantly different from the one surmised.
  • —Alexander Woollcott
b :in a self-important or pompous manner
  • … he talked importantly of the managerial position he had reached, after a lifetime of devotion and toil …
  • —William Trevor

importantly vs. important

A number of commentators have objected to importantly as a sentence modifier (the use defined above at sense 1) and have recommended important instead. Actually, both the adverb and the adjective are in reputable standard use in this function. Important is always used with more or most.
    • had bronze weapons and composite bows; more important, they utilized the horse and war chariot
    • —Harry A. Gailey, Jr.
    • second and most important, the book contains no important woman character
    • —F. Scott Fitzgerald
Importantly is commonly used in similar contexts, but it is somewhat more flexible in not requiring more or most.
    • sticks and, just as importantly, unsticks easily
    • —Phoebe Hawkins
    • importantly, the leaven in the mixture is quality
    • —George O'Brien


Examples of importantly in a Sentence

  1. Her research has contributed importantly to our understanding of the disease.

  2. He strutted to and fro importantly, ordering everybody around.

Recent Examples of importantly from the Web

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First Known Use of importantly

1611


IMPORTANTLY Defined for English Language Learners

importantly

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adverb

Definition of importantly for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that something is important

  • : in an important way

  • : in the manner of people who think that they are important : in an arrogant or pompous manner



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