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basically

[ bey-sik-lee ]
/ ˈbeɪ sɪk li /
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adverb

fundamentally.

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RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

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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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British Dictionary definitions for basically

basically

/ (ˈbeɪsɪklɪ) /

adverb

in a fundamental or elementary manner; essentiallystrident and basically unpleasant
(sentence modifier) in essence; in summary; put simplybasically we had underestimated mother nature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for basically

basically


adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper