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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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Origin of flatly

First recorded in 1560–70; flat1 + -ly
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