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[noh-blee] /ˈnoʊ bli/
in a noble manner.
courageously; bravely; gallantly.
splendidly; superbly; magnificently.
of noble ancestry:
nobly born.
Origin of nobly
First recorded in 1250-1300, nobly is from the Middle English word nobliche. See noble, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Yet he was a brave, unselfish man and in all the years following that one Winter he lived cheerfully and nobly—a sunshiny life.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Almeida could do nothing but yield, and he then did it nobly.

  • To you, nobly free as you are from the vice of envy, I may venture to suggest another consideration, viz.

  • The army and navy have nobly and heroically performed their part.

    America First Various
  • Passing from the athletes to a cognate subject, the following fragment from the Dictys nobly expresses the ideal of friendship.

  • His language, where he could spare and pass by a jest, was nobly censorious.

Word Origin and History for nobly

c.1300, "valorous, courageous, spirited," from noble (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "of or befitting noble birth or descent, of high ancestry" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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