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purely

[pyoo r-lee] /ˈpyʊər li/
adverb
1.
in a pure manner; without admixture.
2.
merely; only; solely:
purely accidental.
3.
entirely; completely.
4.
innocently, virtuously, or chastely.
Origin of purely
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, purely is from the Middle English word purliche. See pure, -ly
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  • The movements in Copper and Cordage Trust stocks are purely speculative.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.

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  • Indeed the whole situation was regarded as purely temporary.

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  • The use of purely local terms in all writing is to be deprecated.

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  • I like better to recall the purely physical side of our journey.

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British Dictionary definitions for purely

purely

/ˈpjʊəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a pure manner
2.
entirely: purely by chance
3.
in a chaste or innocent manner
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Word Origin and History for purely
adv.

late 13c., from pure + -ly (2).

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