[pyoo r-lee]


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

Origin of purely

First recorded in 1250–1300, purely is from the Middle English word purliche. See pure, -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for purely

Contemporary Examples of purely

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



in a pure manner
entirelypurely by chance
in a chaste or innocent manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for purely

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper