- in a pure manner; without admixture.
- merely; only; solely: purely accidental.
- entirely; completely.
- innocently, virtuously, or chastely.
Origin of purely
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Examples from the Web for purely
The Samaritan guidelines are written around the assumption that suicide is a purely irrational act, an act spurred by illness.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
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Purely by chance, Anna Coren had landed in Sydney just as the chocolate shop siege began.CNN's Overnight Sydney Star
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For starters, from a purely practical, all-hands-on-deck position, I say if you can do the job, you should keep the job.Justice Ginsburg Shouldn’t Quit Just Yet
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Roughly half of black Protestants and white Evangelicals believe that creation is purely for human benefit.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
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“Of course he has no answer he is purely speculating,” Allen said.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon
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The movements in Copper and Cordage Trust stocks are purely speculative.The Spenders
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His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.K
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
- in a pure manner
- entirelypurely by chance
- in a chaste or innocent manner
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Word Origin and History for purely
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