solely

adverb
sole·​ly | \ ˈsō(l)-lē How to pronounce solely (audio) \

Definition of solely

1 : to the exclusion of all else done solely for money
2 : without another : singly went solely on her way

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Examples of solely in a Sentence

His rank was based solely on merit. You will be held solely responsible for any damage. She did not write solely for money.
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Granger says the industry funds solely underwrote research on cardiovascular topics and did not augment his salary. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Twyla Blackmond Larnell, assistant professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago, says Green’s run should not be viewed solely as a matter of him winning or losing. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018 That account, which is now solely dedicated to Prince William and Kate Middleton, garnered an extra 200,000 followers or so after the launch of @sussexroyal. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amassed More Than 2.6 Million Instagram Followers in Just 24 Hours," 3 Apr. 2019 Retracting journalistic work, whatever its quality, solely on the basis of offense is a terrible path to go down. Jesse Singal, Daily Intelligencer, "Business Insider Retracted a Bad Piece — and Set a Terrible Precedent," 11 July 2018 Since the space shuttle Endeavour's launch in 2011, the space agency has relied solely on Russia's Soyuz space craft to ferry astronauts and supplies into orbit. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's First Manned Mission to The ISS Could Come as Quickly as July," 4 Mar. 2019 Gucci deserves the biggest meme props, though, solely based on designer Alessandro Michele’s ability to stage such theatrical shows that to leave them off of Instagram would be a travesty. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Björn and Pope Rihanna: 14 Memes That Synthesized the Biggest Fashion Moments of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Individual responses to lead exposure vary so much that modern doctors would be hard-pressed to predict a patient’s symptoms solely based on the level of lead in their blood. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition," 30 Sep. 2018 The Top 100 charts, which are based solely on Apple Music streams, will update daily at 12AM PT. Micah Singleton, The Verge, "Apple Music is adding global charts," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of solely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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soleil

sole leather

soleless

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solemn

solemn form

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The first known use of solely was in the 15th century

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solely

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of solely

: without anything or anyone else involved
: only or just

solely

adverb
sole·​ly | \ ˈsōl-lē How to pronounce solely (audio) \

Kids Definition of solely

1 : without another involved : alone The decision is solely yours.
2 : only entry 2 sense 2 Sort the blocks solely by color.

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