[ kleer-lee ]
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  1. in a clear manner: It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly.

  2. without equivocation; decidedly: It is clearly out of the question to drop the case.

Origin of clearly

First recorded in 1250–1300, Middle English clerli; see clear, -ly

synonym study For clearly

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.

Other words for clearly

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How to use clearly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clearly


/ (ˈklɪəlɪ) /

  1. in a clear, distinct, or obvious manner: I could see everything quite clearly

  2. (sentence modifier) it is obvious that; evidently: clearly the social services must be flexible

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