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solely

[sohl-lee] /ˈsoʊl li/
adverb
1.
as the only one or ones:
solely responsible.
2.
exclusively or only:
plants found solely in the tropics.
3.
merely:
She wanted solely to get out of the house for a while.
Origin of solely
1485-1495
1485-95; sole1 + -ly
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  • Natives use liquor not for health but solely for intoxicating purposes.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • And as she ran, sobs broke from her, solely on account of her physical woes.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • I did not now go there except on the days agreed upon, solely to supper, and the next morning I returned to the country.

  • Then she practised for an hour, solely out of a sense of duty, for she was no musician.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • As for the child, you still seem determined to withhold it from the man who will recognise it as his solely on this condition?

British Dictionary definitions for solely

solely

/ˈsəʊllɪ/
adverb
1.
only; completely; entirely
2.
without another or others; singly; alone
3.
for one thing only
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Word Origin and History for solely
adv.

late 15c., from sole (adj.) + -ly (2).

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