- in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
- in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.
- quite so; that's right.
Origin of exactly
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She certainly knew he was liable to go at any time, in exactly the way he did go.
Exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.
Exactly; and there ain't really any reason why you can't be somebody here.
Exactly, you can give half of 'em cards and spades and both casinos, Mrs. Wybert.
It's funny—that's exactly what I told Aunt Cornelia about that—that man.
- in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
- in every respect; justit is exactly what I want
- not exactly ironic not at all; by no means
- just so! precisely!
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Word Origin and History for exactly
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