Definitions for narrowly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrowly(adverb)

    in a narrow manner; not allowing for exceptions

    "he interprets the law narrowly"

GCIDE

  1. Narrowly(adv.)

    With close adherence to the literal meaning of a text; as, to interpret narrowly; to construe narrowly; to read narrowly; -- used especially of laws and contracts.

  2. Origin: [AS. nearulice.]

Wiktionary

  1. narrowly(Adverb)

    In a narrow manner; without flexibility or latitude.

    They regarded the new idea rather narrowly.

  2. narrowly(Adverb)

    By a narrow margin; closely.

    They narrowly escaped collision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narrowly(adverb)

    with little breadth; in a narrow manner

  2. Narrowly(adverb)

    without much extent; contractedly

  3. Narrowly(adverb)

    with minute scrutiny; closely; as, to look or watch narrowly; to search narrowly

  4. Narrowly(adverb)

    with a little margin or space; by a small distance; hence, closely; hardly; barely; only just; -- often with reference to an avoided danger or misfortune; as, he narrowly escaped

  5. Narrowly(adverb)

    sparingly; parsimoniously

  6. Origin: [AS. nearulice.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dianne Feinstein:

    This bill is bipartisan. It is narrowly focused, and it puts in place a number of privacy protections.

  2. Steven Runciman:

    Faced by the mountainous heap of the minutiae of knowledge and awed by the watchful severity of his colleagues, the modern historian too often takes refuge in learned articles or narrowly specialized dissertations, small fortresses that are easy to defend from attack.

  3. Reed Hastings:

    Most of us are so wrapped around efficiency in management that we don’t sufficiently value flexibility, we’re willing to take some inefficiency narrowly and in edge cases to create an environment that’s extremely flexible because we think that outperforms in the long term.

  4. Igor Stravinsky:

    My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.

  5. Benoit Mandelbrot:

    Science would be ruined if (like sports) it were to put competition above everything else, and if it were to clarify the rules of competition by withdrawing entirely into narrowly defined specialties. The rare scholars who are nomads-by-choice are essential to the intellectual welfare of the settled disciplines.

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