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fondly

[fond-lee] /ˈfɒnd li/
adverb
1.
in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately:
He looked fondly at his child.
2.
Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.
Origin of fondly
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at fond1, -ly
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adj.

mid-14c., "foolishly," from fond + -ly (2). Meaning "affectionately" is from 1590s.

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