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primarily

[ prahy-mair-uh-lee, -mer-, prahy-mer-uh-lee, -mer-uh- ]
/ praɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə- /
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adverb

essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally: They live primarily from farming.
in the first instance; at first; originally: Primarily a doctor, he later became a lawyer.

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Origin of primarily

First recorded in 1610–20; primary + -ly
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primarily

/ (ˈpraɪmərəlɪ) /

adverb

principally; chiefly; mainly
at first; originally
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