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[bey-sik-lee] /ˈbeɪ sɪk li/
Origin of basically
First recorded in 1900-05; basic + -ally
Related forms
quasi-basically, adverb Unabridged
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  • She came into the room just after basically the very short visit was concluded.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Humankind is basically one in meaning, in aim and in destiny.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • When it came to the pinch, to a real jam, you would have been just like the rest, basically.

    Marley's Chain Alan Edward Nourse
  • There had never been anyone who had really, basically, appealed.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The springy, sickeningly uncertain stuff underfoot was basically white-that-had-been-soiled.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for basically


in a fundamental or elementary manner; essentially: strident and basically unpleasant
(sentence modifier) in essence; in summary; put simply: basically we had underestimated mother nature
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Word Origin and History for basically

1903, from basic (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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