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ˈtʃif lichief·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"

Wiktionary

  1. chieflyadverb

    especially or primarily; above all

  2. chieflyadverb

    mainly or principally; almost entirely

  3. chieflyadjective

    of, or relating to a chief

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chieflyadverb

    Principally; eminently; more than common.

    Etymology: from chief.

    Any man who will seriously consider the nature of an epic poem, what actions it describes, and what persons they are chiefly whom it informs, will find it a work full of difficulty. John Dryden, Juven. Preface.

    Those parts of the kingdom, where the number and estates of the dissenters chiefly lay. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chieflyadverb

    in the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially

  2. Chieflyadverb

    for the most part; mostly

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chiefly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chiefly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of chiefly in a Sentence

  1. William E. Channing:

    It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

  2. Henry Fielding:

    It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

  3. Francis Quarles:

    Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend rather than the gloss of a sweet lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.

  4. Socrates:

    I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.

  5. Zelda Fitzgerald, 1922:

    [S]he refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.

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