in a square shape, form, or manner.
directly; without evasion; in a straight or straightforward manner: to face a problem squarely.
in an honest or open manner; straightforwardly; fairly.
firmly; solidly; unequivocally.

Origin of squarely

First recorded in 1550–60; square + -ly
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Related Words for squarely

justly, objectively, fairly, considerately

Examples from the Web for squarely

Contemporary Examples of squarely

Historical Examples of squarely

  • She was so young to face all this; and yet, since face it she must, how much better to have her do it squarely.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He believed in it, but not being rich, raced as a profession, honestly and squarely.


    W. A. Fraser

  • As Rose forced herself to face this squarely, something within her crumpled.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He deals so squarely with himself that they have to deal squarely with themselves.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • She placed her hand in his and looked him, for the first time, squarely in the eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for squarely



in a direct way; straighthe hit me squarely on the nose
in an honest, frank, and just manner
at right angles
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Word Origin and History for squarely

1540s, of multiplication, from square + -ly (2). From 1560s as "in a straightforward manner;" meaning "firmly, solidly" is from 1860.

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