in a frank manner; freely; candidly; openly; plainly: He presented his arguments frankly and objectively.

Origin of frankly

First recorded in 1530–40; frank1 + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frankly

candidly, directly, freely, level, openly, plainly, straight, bluntly

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(sentence modifier) in truth; to be honestfrankly, I can't bear him
in a frank manner
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Word Origin and History for frankly

1530s, from frank (adj.) + -ly (2).

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