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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The original Core X functioned purely as an external GPU cabinet with no downstream connectivity. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Core X Chroma eGPU cabinet features RGB and Intel's latest Thunderbolt 3 controller," 16 Apr. 2019 In a perfect world, eating would never be associated with guilt, and the holidays would be experienced purely as a joyful time of year. Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Deal With the Holidays When You’re Anxious About Food," 20 Nov. 2018 This is not meant to be just a purely transactional situation. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ikea puts Oak Creek on map as a regional retail destination," 16 May 2018 Even the purely comedic bits on these shows are traditional: setup, punch line, audience applause. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018 As a political matter, the plan is indefensible; and yet, Trump is ostensibly putting it forward purely for politics’ sake. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Adds ‘Cutting Children’s Health Care’ to GOP’s 2018 Platform," 9 May 2018 North Korea has consistently protested the annual combined exercises as a military provocation, but the U.S. stressed that the drills are purely for defensive purposes. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "U.S., South Korea begin joint military training amid thawing tension on Korean peninsula," 1 Apr. 2018 Most of the crowd comes in after hitting Container Park's iconic shopping scene, but some folks visit purely for the formidable cocktail list. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Downtown Las Vegas: Our Guide," 4 Mar. 2018 In a purely federal deployment, troops can perform their duties anywhere in the world, but in a Title 32 mobilization, soldiers are limited to the continental United States, and foreign intelligence collection cannot be part of such an operation. New York Times, "National Guard Has Eyes on the Border. But They’re Not Watching Mexico.," 15 May 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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