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[neym-lee] /ˈneɪm li/
that is to say; explicitly; specifically; to wit:
an item of legislation, namely, the housing bill.
Origin of namely
1125-75; Middle English namely, earlier nameliche. See name, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Its boiling point, namely -269°, is the lowest temperature yet reached.

  • He had supposed that another Argos was alluded to in this warning, namely, an Argos in Greece.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • Therefore the condition which is not in our power must be the first, namely, the asking.

    Pascal's Penses Blaise Pascal
  • Its date is that of the close of the Minoan period, namely 1600 b.c.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • The method of psychology is the same as that of all other sciences; namely, the method of observation and experiment.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for namely


that is to say: it was another colour, namely green
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for namely

"particularly, especially" (i.e. "by name"), late 12c., from name (n.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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