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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
1250-1300; Middle English purliche. See pure, -ly
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  • Differences in climate, fauna and flora are purely superficial.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • “Her anxiety is purely disinterested,” said Margaret to Philip.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The purely scientific part was, we are assured, not learnt from her.

    On Liberty John Stuart Mill
  • Kinship is purely matter of fact and history, and therefore rational.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The task of the purely philological labourer has been accomplished.

    Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins
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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