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formerly

[fawr-mer-lee] /ˈfɔr mər li/
adverb
1.
in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously:
a custom formerly observed.
2.
Obsolete. in time just past; just now.
Origin of formerly
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; former1 + -ly
Can be confused
formally, formerly.
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formerly

/ˈfɔːməlɪ/
adverb
1.
at or in a former time; in the past
2.
(obsolete) in the immediate past; just now
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Word Origin and History for formerly
adv.

1580s, from former + -ly (2). A Middle English word for this was andersith "formerly, at former times" (early 14c.).

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