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[kleer-lee] /ˈklɪər li/
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
First recorded in 1250-1300, clearly is from the Middle English word clerli. See clear, -ly
1. plainly, understandably.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
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  • And yet we have not clearly distinguished the political shepherd from his rivals.

    Statesman Plato
  • "I'll give twenty," rang out Menecreta's voice, clearly and loudly.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The breath was clearly the "element" the lack of which rendered the body inanimate.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • But this clearly is not a story for me to tell, since the International was J.'s concern, not mine.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • I did not want to come to this ball, said Eugnie; it was clearly a presentiment.

British Dictionary definitions for clearly


in a clear, distinct, or obvious manner: I could see everything quite clearly
(sentence modifier) it is obvious that; evidently: clearly the social services must be flexible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clearly

c.1300, of vision and speech, from clear (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "evidently" is from 1560s; as a parenthetical expression in argument, "it is clear," recorded from 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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