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  1. wholly or fully; completely or unreservedly: I am not entirely satisfied with the architect's design.
  2. solely or exclusively.
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Origin of entirely

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at entire, -ly


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perfectly, fully, absolutely, totally, exclusively, wholly, thoroughly, only, utterly, altogether, alone, quite, solely, plumb, well, reservedly, uniquely

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  1. without reservation or exception; wholly; completely
  2. solely or exclusively; only
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Word Origin and History for entirely


mid-14c., from entire + -ly (2).

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