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Definitions for Primarily
praɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-pri·mar·i·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly, in the mainadverb

    for the most part

    "he is mainly interested in butterflies"

  2. primarily, in the first placeadverb

    of primary import

    "this is primarily a question of economics"; "it was in the first place a local matter"


  1. primarilyadverb

    Of a primary or central nature, first and foremost

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Primarilyadverb

    Originally; in the first intention; in the first place.

    Etymology: from primary.

    In fevers, where the heart primarily suffereth, we apply medicines unto the wrists. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    These considerations so exactly suiting the parable of the wedding-supper to this spiritual banquet of the gospel, if it does not primarily, and in its first design, intend it; yet certainly it may, with greater advantage of resemblance, be applied to it, than to any other duty. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primarilyadverb

    in a primary manner; in the first place; in the first place; in the first intention; originally

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Primarily' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3157

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Primarily' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4184

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Primarily' in Adverbs Frequency: #240

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Primarily in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Primarily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Primarily in a Sentence

  1. Eric Yuan:

    Enterprises communicate with their customers primarily through the contact center, and we believe this acquisition creates a leading customer engagement platform that will help redefine how companies of all sizes connect with their customers.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    We are actively engaged in reorienting our trade flows and foreign economic contacts towards reliable international partners, primarily the BRICS countries.

  3. John Campbell:

    This was a tragic but unavoidable accident caused primarily by human error, u.S. forces would never intentionally (strike) a hospital.

  4. Ye Ning:

    Defending sovereignty is primarily the government's concern, but of course, regular folks being able to fish in their own countries' waters should be the norm. That goes for us too.

  5. Todd Rosenbluth:

    They remain primarily known as a bond shop, and assets in their bond funds have declined as investors were concerned with leadership changes... and periods of underperformance.

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    relating to or involving money
    • A. numinous
    • B. splay
    • C. repugnant
    • D. pecuniary

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