- in a clear manner: It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly.
- without equivocation; decidedly: It is clearly out of the question to drop the case.
Origin of clearly
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1. plainly, understandably.
1. Clearly, definitely, distinctly, evidently imply the way in which something is plainly understood or understandable. Clearly suggests without doubt or obscurity: expressed clearly. Definitely means explicitly; with precision: definitely phrased. Distinctly means without blurring or confusion: distinctly enunciated. Evidently means patently, unquestionably: evidently an error.
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- in a clear, distinct, or obvious mannerI could see everything quite clearly
- (sentence modifier) it is obvious that; evidentlyclearly the social services must be flexible
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Word Origin and History for clearly
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