merely

[ meer-lee ]
/ ˈmɪər li /

adverb

only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form.
Obsolete.
  1. without admixture; purely.
  2. altogether; entirely.

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Origin of merely

First recorded in 1400–50, merely is from the late Middle English word mereli. See mere1, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for merely

merely
/ (ˈmɪəlɪ) /

adverb

only; nothing more than
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