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  1. that is to say; explicitly; specifically; to wit: an item of legislation, namely, the housing bill.
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Origin of namely

1125–75; Middle English namely, earlier nameliche. See name, -ly
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particularly, especially, specifically, specially, i.e., videlicet, expressly, scilicet

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  1. that is to sayit was another colour, namely green
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Word Origin and History for namely


"particularly, especially" (i.e. "by name"), late 12c., from name (n.) + -ly (2).

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