pure·​ly | \ ˈpyu̇r-lē \

Definition of purely 

1a : to a full extent : totally purely by accident
b : wholly, exclusively a selection based purely on merit
2 : without admixture of anything injurious or foreign
3 : simply, merely read purely for relaxation
4 : in a chaste or innocent manner

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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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Rumors of a feud between Meghan and Kate were already disproven by royal correspondent Rebecca English of The Daily Mail, who revealed that the decision to move was purely based on the Duke and Duchess' growing family. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Buckingham Palace Issues Rare Statement Regarding Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Feud Rumors," 1 Dec. 2018 There are distinct differences between the two handsets, but separately, the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro might be the two best Android phones ever made based purely on specs and features. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 Behind the Concept of Dawn As a pleb, my hair and makeup choices are based purely on my mood and love of experimentation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Rose Opens Up About the Pressure to Have Good Skin in K-Pop and Beyond," 5 Oct. 2018 According to research from the National Association of Realtors, while 19 percent of home purchases were purely investment-based, more and more owners are blurring the lines. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 Duran acknowledges that the resolution is, at this point, purely symbolic. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s Walk of Fame star: The West Hollywood City Council wants it permanently removed," 7 Aug. 2018 Yet, purely based on my Instagram feed, something had seemingly shifted in 2018. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Is Getting Engaged This Summer?," 1 Aug. 2018 Speaking at his unveiling, Can claimed that the reason behind his move was purely based on winning trophies and following in the footsteps of his idol Zidane, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. SI.com, "Emre Can Claims Silverware Was Motivation Behind Juve Move & Denies Rift With Former Boss Klopp," 9 July 2018 Yet there’s also no denying that there are some real obstacles to ditching the practice of seeding playoff teams 1 through 8 by conference and instituting a 1-to-16 seeding protocol based purely on overall record. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Finally Free From LeBron’s Reign, the N.B.A. East Has No Reason to Change," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of purely

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of purely

: completely or only

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