[ kleer-lee ]
/ ˈklɪər li /


in a clear manner: It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly.
without equivocation; decidedly: It is clearly out of the question to drop the case.

Nearby words

  1. clearing house,
  2. clearing mark,
  3. clearing sale,
  4. clearing-house,
  5. clearinghouse,
  6. clearstory,
  7. clearwater,
  8. clearwater mountains,
  9. clearway,
  10. clearweed

Origin of clearly

First recorded in 1250–1300, clearly is from the Middle English word clerli. See clear, -ly

Synonym study

1. Clearly, definitely, distinctly, evidently imply the way in which something is plainly understood or understandable. Clearly suggests without doubt or obscurity: expressed clearly. Definitely means explicitly; with precision: definitely phrased. Distinctly means without blurring or confusion: distinctly enunciated. Evidently means patently, unquestionably: evidently an error. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clearly


/ (ˈklɪəlɪ) /


in a clear, distinct, or obvious mannerI could see everything quite clearly
(sentence modifier) it is obvious that; evidentlyclearly the social services must be flexible
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Word Origin and History for clearly



c.1300, of vision and speech, from clear (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "evidently" is from 1560s; as a parenthetical expression in argument, "it is clear," recorded from 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper