purely

[ pyoo r-lee ]
/ ˈpyʊər li /

adverb

in a pure manner; without admixture.
merely; only; solely: purely accidental.
entirely; completely.
innocently, virtuously, or chastely.

Nearby words

  1. pure reason,
  2. pureblood,
  3. purebred,
  4. puree,
  5. purehearted,
  6. purfle,
  7. purgation,
  8. purgative,
  9. purgatively,
  10. purgatoire

Origin of purely

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

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British Dictionary definitions for purely

purely

/ (ˈpjʊəlɪ) /

adverb

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

purely

adv.

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

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