as the only one or ones: solely responsible.
exclusively or only: plants found solely in the tropics.
merely: She wanted solely to get out of the house for a while.

Origin of solely

First recorded in 1485–95; sole1 + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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only; completely; entirely
without another or others; singly; alone
for one thing only
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Word Origin and History for solely

late 15c., from sole (adj.) + -ly (2).

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