- 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.
Origin of flatly
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Related Wordsabsolutely, firmly, emphatically, unequivocally, categorically, blandly, totally, utterly, unconditionally, definitely, exactly, flat, positively, precisely, undoubtedly, dully, lifelessly, monotonously, sluggishly, unenthusiastically
Examples from the Web for flatly
When asked if she thought a new intifada might be taking shape, she said flatly, “all the indications” are there.Intifada 3.0: Growing Unrest and a Plot to Kill an Israeli Minister
November 21, 2014
She claimed the children were “confused, had nothing to say, or flatly denied that anything had happened to them.”How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice
July 12, 2014
In the interview, Nakamoto flatly denied being the creator of Bitcoin.Mysteries Continue to Swirl Around the Identity of Bitcoin’s Creator
March 11, 2014
The authorities have flatly denied using live cartridges, stating that their rifles have only been loaded with rubber bullets.The Battle for Kiev Begins
February 18, 2014
Netanyahu said flatly and unequivocally that he was “ready for peace.”Netanyahu: Israel’s What’s Right With the Middle East
January 23, 2014
But at the same time he flatly declined to give a certificate.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
That I flatly refused to do, for it would have made a beggar of me.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
"Beyond our recommendation, you mean," said the Lyran flatly.Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
Then he began to lie, and told them flatly that he had promised nothing at all.The Fortune of the Rougons
At dessert Laurent placed his elbows on the table, and flatly asked her for 5,000 francs.Therese Raquin
Word Origin and History for flatly
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