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clearly

[kleer-lee] /ˈklɪər li/
adverb
1.
in a clear manner:
It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly.
2.
without equivocation; decidedly:
It is clearly out of the question to drop the case.
Origin of clearly
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, clearly is from the Middle English word clerli. See clear, -ly
Synonyms
1. plainly, understandably.
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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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clearly

/ˈklɪəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a clear, distinct, or obvious manner: I could see everything quite clearly
2.
(sentence modifier) it is obvious that; evidently: clearly the social services must be flexible
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Word Origin and History for clearly
adv.

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.

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