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freely

[free-lee] /ˈfri li/
adverb
1.
in a free manner.
Origin of freely
900
before 900; Middle English freliche, Old English frēolīce. See free, -ly
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  • I freely say that the tendency of my thought, based on observation, is to conservatism.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • She freely acquaints him that he has nothing to expect from her contrary to her duty.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Desires her to treat her freely; but wishes not that she should impute love to her; and why.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • As matters stand, I don't care to have papers, so freely written, about me.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But now, youngster, I have answered you freely, and I trow it is time that you answered me.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin and History for freely
adv.

Old English freolice; see free (adj.) + -ly (2).

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