purely

adverb pure·ly \ ˈpyu̇r-lē \

Definition of purely

1 a :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

Examples of purely in a Sentence

  1. They met purely by accident.

  2. a selection based purely on merit

  3. The organization's mission, purely and simply, is to provide food to people who need it.

  4. It was purely and simply a matter of greed.

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First Known Use of purely

14th century


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purely

adverb

Definition of purely for English Language Learners

  • : completely or only



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