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[flat-lee] /ˈflæt li/
absolutely and without qualification:
Our offer was flatly rejected.
without vitality or animation:
He spoke flatly about the death of his wife.
in a level, even, or smooth manner:
Apply the tape flatly to the pipe.
Origin of flatly
First recorded in 1560-70; flat1 + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But at the same time he flatly declined to give a certificate.

  • That I flatly refused to do, for it would have made a beggar of me.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • "Beyond our recommendation, you mean," said the Lyran flatly.

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  • Then he began to lie, and told them flatly that he had promised nothing at all.

  • At dessert Laurent placed his elbows on the table, and flatly asked her for 5,000 francs.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
Word Origin and History for flatly

early 15c., in a literal sense, from flat (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "in a plain manner" is from 1560s; sense of "in a dull manner" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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