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entirely

[en-tahyuh r-lee] /ɛnˈtaɪər li/
adverb
1.
wholly or fully; completely or unreservedly:
I am not entirely satisfied with the architect's design.
2.
solely or exclusively.
Origin of entirely
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at entire, -ly
Synonyms
1. totally, thoroughly.
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  • It is a thought, an ideal, which has led to an entirely new line of action.

  • No reflections upon your brother: he has entirely the honour of the family at heart.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I wish you were entirely independent of Austin," said Viviette, walking with him up the lawn.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Old enough to know that this exfoliation is entirely natural.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • You might say that a standard of morals is entirely a matter of opinion.

British Dictionary definitions for entirely

entirely

/ɪnˈtaɪəlɪ/
adverb
1.
without reservation or exception; wholly; completely
2.
solely or exclusively; only
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Word Origin and History for entirely
adv.

mid-14c., from entire + -ly (2).

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