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blindly

[blahynd-lee] /ˈblaɪnd li/
adverb
1.
in a blind manner:
We felt our way blindly through the black tunnel.
2.
without understanding, reservation, or objection; unthinkingly:
They followed their leaders blindly.
3.
without continuation:
The passage ended blindly 50 feet away.
Origin of blindly
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English blindlīce; see blind, -ly
Related forms
overblindly, adverb
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  • It is my duty, father, blindly to follow all you determine upon for me.

  • In your choice of a son-in-law you should not blindly follow the anger which masters you.

  • Only one thing could surpass him: the scythe of death which blindly mows the world.

  • They replied hotly but blindly, and in a moment the room was void of assailants.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Lit with a gleam of the sun the window stared up at them blindly.

    Poems William D. Howells
Word Origin and History for blindly
adv.

Old English blindlice; see blind (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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