pre·​cise·​ly | \pri-ˈsīs-lē \

Definition of precisely 

: exactly precisely two o'clock sometimes used as an intensive was popular precisely because he was so kind

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I feel precisely the same way as you do. measured the length of the board precisely

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The question of precisely how all these emails made their way to WikiLeaks, and the question of whether any Trump associates were involved in or informed about the operation, have so far remained unanswered. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018 Which is precisely why all that crap is on their platform. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why the New York Times won’t sell itself to a billionaire," 5 Nov. 2018 In fact, investigating what makes up the vast bulk of differences in people's life spans might be precisely what yields the most exciting answers. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 Nov. 2018 This appears to be precisely what the Trumps were counting on. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The intimacy of getting close to such an important part of the body is precisely what arouses foot fetishists, especially those who are also submissive. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Everything You've Wanted to Know About Foot Fetishes, But Were Afraid to Ask," 17 Aug. 2018 Which is ironic, given that this is precisely what the film is about., "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 But Gennett is precisely the type of player Bob Castellini’s loves. John Fay,, "Reds Beat Blog: It's time to revisit Bailey-bullpen plan," 15 June 2018 And Jerry Kinkey, 71, is precisely the type of voter that Democrats are counting on this year. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Californians Go to Polls With High Stakes and Some High Anxiety," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of precisely was in the 14th century

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