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[pyoo r-lee]
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  1. in a pure manner; without admixture.
  2. merely; only; solely: purely accidental.
  3. entirely; completely.
  4. innocently, virtuously, or chastely.
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Origin of purely

First recorded in 1250–1300, purely is from the Middle English word purliche. See pure, -ly
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Related Words for purely

essentially, plainly, totally, merely, exactly, exclusively, wholly, completely, utterly, altogether, entirely, quite, solely, all, barely, just, only

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Historical Examples of purely

  • The movements in Copper and Cordage Trust stocks are purely speculative.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Indeed the whole situation was regarded as purely temporary.

  • The use of purely local terms in all writing is to be deprecated.

  • I like better to recall the purely physical side of our journey.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for purely


  1. in a pure manner
  2. entirelypurely by chance
  3. in a chaste or innocent manner
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Word Origin and History for purely


late 13c., from pure + -ly (2).

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