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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatly, categorically, unconditionallyadverb

    in an unqualified manner

    "he flatly denied the charges"


  1. flatlyadverb

    In a definite manner; in a manner showing complete certainty.

    It was an accusation that he flatly denied.

  2. flatlyadverb

    In a manner that shows no emotion

    He replied flatly to the policeman's questions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flatlyadverb

    Etymology: from flat.

    He in these wars had flatly refused his aid. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Thereupon they flatly disavouch
    To yield him more obedience, or support. Samuel Daniel, Ci. War.

    Unjust, thou say’st,
    Flatly unjust, to bind with laws the free. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Not any interpreters allow it to be spoken of such as flatly deny the being of God; but of them that believing his existence, do yet seclude him from directing the affairs of the world. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. flatly

    Flatly is an adverb that typically refers to a way of speaking, behaving, or responding that is completely lacking in emotion, interest, or enthusiasm. It is usually characterized by a straightforward, direct, or matter-of-fact manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flatlyadverb

    in a flat manner; evenly; horizontally; without spirit; dully; frigidly; peremptorily; positively, plainly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of flatly in a Sentence

  1. The New York Times:

    Instead, Mr. Marchionne's request for a meeting on the subject was flatly turned down.

  2. Brett Kavanaugh:

    The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.

  3. New York:

    This was an idea that was first put forward by Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, Donald Trump, and look some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them. Because Trump was saying so much else, that was just out of control, and because he was, you know, making a frankly racist appeal talking about Kung Flu, and the China virus, he said flatly this came from that lab, and it was widely dismissed ... but now serious people are saying it needs a serious inquiry. i think people made this mistake. I think a lot of people on the political left and a lot of people in the media made the mistake. They said, ‘wow if Tom Cotton is saying something, it can’t be true.' Or they assumed that. And that's not right.

  4. Kent Greenfield:

    I appreciate their opposition to corporate power and their defense of the environment, but it is flatly unconstitutional.

  5. Paul Walker:

    I tried using it and I got flatly turned down.

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Translations for flatly

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  • решително, безстрастно, категоричноBulgarian
  • kategorisch, emotionslos, ausdruckslosGerman
  • beznamiętnie, kategoryczniePolish
  • categoricamentePortuguese

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A extroversive
    B eminent
    C occlusive
    D foreordained

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