pure·​ly ˈpyu̇r-lē How to pronounce purely (audio)
: to a full extent : totally
purely by accident
: wholly, exclusively
a selection based purely on merit
: without admixture of anything injurious or foreign
: simply, merely
read purely for relaxation
: in a chaste or innocent manner

Examples of purely in a Sentence

They met purely by accident. a selection based purely on merit The organization's mission, purely and simply, is to provide food to people who need it. It was purely and simply a matter of greed.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of purely was in the 14th century

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“Purely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purely. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


pure·​ly ˈpyu̇(ə)r-lē How to pronounce purely (audio)
: to the full or entire extent
: without the addition of anything harmful or different
: for no other reason than : only
done purely for fun
: in an innocent manner

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