purely

adverb
pure·​ly | \ ˈpyu̇r-lē How to pronounce purely (audio) \

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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Judge David Borowski said the murder was a case of good vs. evil in which a city official who was doing his job encountered three individuals acting on purely selfish motives. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Third man sentenced for murder of Milwaukee building inspector," 12 July 2019 In a purely capitalist system, a business pays all its own costs and keeps all its own profits. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 Because the awards are purely fictional, feel free to disagree or to create your own. Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: The midseason awards for 2019 Bengals, Reds, UC, FC Cincinnati, Tiger Woods," 28 June 2019 Part of the problem, however, is purely a population equation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County beaches, among the best in state, get top grades for cleanliness," 26 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 On a purely metaphorical level, too, the work resonates today. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” a classic anime now on Netflix, tells the story of our lives," 23 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. The Washington Post, al.com, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time," 19 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 19 June 2019

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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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purely

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of purely

: completely or only

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