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originally

[uh-rij-uh-nl-ee] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nl i/
adverb
1.
with respect to origin; by origin:
Originally he came from California.
2.
at the origin; at first:
Originally this was to be in three volumes.
3.
in the first place; primarily:
Originally nomads, they first learned agriculture from the missionaries.
4.
in an original, novel, or distinctively individual manner:
Originally planned houses are much in demand.
5.
Archaic. from the beginning; from the first; inherently.
Origin of originally
1480-1490
First recorded in 1480-90; original + -ly
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  • The Law of God was originally written in man's heart at creation.

  • There is no map that shows these roads as they originally were, but the changes are not so many as you might think.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Perhaps this had originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Silchester was originally a British stronghold, and was called by them Calleva.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • But who made them, and for what purpose were they originally made?

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for originally

originally

/əˈrɪdʒɪnəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in the first place
2.
in an original way
3.
with reference to the origin or beginning
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