[ skwair-lee ]
/ ˈskwɛər li /


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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British Dictionary definitions for squarely

/ (ˈskwɛəlɪ) /


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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