- primarily; essentially: He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better.
- mainly; mostly: This dish consists chiefly of noodles.
- of, relating to, or like a chief: his chiefly responsibilities.
Origin of chiefly
1, 2. See especially.
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Testimony was what made the case, chiefly the confessions of the young men.
The Innocence Project has done deservedly celebrated work exposing cases of wrongful convictions, chiefly in rapes and homicides.
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But spring is not all of life, nor what at once chiefly concerns us.The Spenders
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Lastly, and chiefly, a mind turned to what is just and good.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
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I revert, then, to my statement that God's relation to punishment is chiefly verbal.The Conquest of Fear
There were two factors that chiefly influenced her decision.Within the Law
"Chiefly by not doing and not expecting too much at first," said M'Leod.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- especially or essentially; above all
- in general; mainly; mostly
- of or relating to a chief or chieftain
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Word Origin and History for chiefly
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