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basically

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

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Origin of basically

First recorded in 1900–05; basic + -ally

OTHER WORDS FROM basically

qua·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
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