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[frangk-lee] /ˈfræŋk li/
in a frank manner; freely; candidly; openly; plainly:
He presented his arguments frankly and objectively.
Origin of frankly
First recorded in 1530-40; frank1 + -ly Unabridged
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  • frankly as he had gone to the Girondin with his confession, so frankly had the other received it.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • If you only knew how proud and happy I should be to have you talk to me frankly.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • He said frankly he doesn't want my friendship, he wants my love, he must have it!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • Bosambo, frankly bored, was all for retiring his men to the comforts of the Ochori city.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • “The lad is no spy, or he would not speak as frankly as he does,” observed the gentleman.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for frankly


(sentence modifier) in truth; to be honest: frankly, I can't bear him
in a frank manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for frankly

1530s, from frank (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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