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  1. fundamentally.
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Origin of basically

First recorded in 1900–05; basic + -ally
Related formsqua·si-ba·si·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for basically

essentially, mostly, inherently, primarily, radically, firstly, intrinsically

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  1. in a fundamental or elementary manner; essentiallystrident and basically unpleasant
  2. (sentence modifier) in essence; in summary; put simplybasically we had underestimated mother nature
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Word Origin and History for basically


1903, from basic (adj.) + -ly (2).

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