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flatly

[ flat-lee ]
/ ˈflæt li /
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adverb

absolutely and without qualification: Our offer was flatly rejected.
without vitality or animation: He spoke flatly about the death of his wife.
in a level, even, or smooth manner: Apply the tape flatly to the pipe.

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flatland, flatlands, flatlet, flatline, flatling, flatly, flatmate, flatness, flats, flatscreen, flatstick

Origin of flatly

First recorded in 1560–70; flat1 + -ly
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adv.

early 15c., in a literal sense, from flat (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "in a plain manner" is from 1560s; sense of "in a dull manner" is from 1640s.

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