[ uh-kawr-ding-lee ]
/ əˈkɔr dɪŋ li /
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therefore; so; in due course.
in accordance; correspondingly.
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Origin of accordingly

Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at according, -ly

synonym study for accordingly

1, 2. See therefore.
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What does accordingly mean?

Accordingly means done in agreement or in a corresponding way.

When you do something accordingly, you are doing it in a way that agrees with or conforms to another concept. For example, It looks like it might rain, so plan your hike accordingly, means to be prepared to hike in the rain (by wearing rain gear, for example) or be prepared to cancel the hike because it is raining.

Accordingly also means therefore or in due course. When school is canceled unexpectedly, for example, your teacher might say, “Accordingly, you will all be given an extra day to complete your reports.” Accordingly is still connecting a statement to a previous one. In this case, it introduces a statement that is a result of a previous one. You will have an extra day to finish your report because school was canceled.

Example: It’s going to be very cold this weekend, so make sure you pack accordingly.

Where does accordingly come from?

The first records of the term accordingly come from the early 1400s. It combines the word according, meaning “agreeing,” and the suffix ly, which creates adverbs from adjectives. 

Accordingly is used in cases where something has to agree, or accord, with a certain condition. For example, The mayor wants the roads to remain safe during the snowstorm. Accordingly, the salt trucks are sent out whenever it snows heavily. The trucks are sent out in agreement with the mayor’s set conditions.

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How is accordingly used in real life?

Accordingly is almost always used when something is changing or has to be done in a certain manner that may differ from the norm.


Try using accordingly!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for accordingly?

A. appropriately
B. properly
C. respectively
D. unsuitably

How to use accordingly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accordingly

/ (əˈkɔːdɪŋlɪ) /

in an appropriate manner; suitably
sentence connector
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