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ˈfɔr mər lifor·mer·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. once, formerly, at one time, erstwhile, erstadverb

    at a previous time

    "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";

Wiktionary

  1. formerlyadverb

    at some time in the past

  2. formerlyadverb

    previously; once

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Formerlyadverb

    In times past.

    Etymology: from former.

    The places mentioned were all of them formerly the cool retirements of the Romans, where they used to hide themselves among the woods and mountains, during the excessive heats of their Summer. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    As an animal degenerates by diseases, the animal salts, formerly benign, approach towards an alkaline nature. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formerlyadverb

    in time past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formerly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4390

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formerly' in Adverbs Frequency: #292

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formerly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formerly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of formerly in a Sentence

  1. Mark Sableman:

    I think defendants in modern defamation cases are likely to point to the vitriolic no-holes-barred nature of modern social media, cable TV, and political discourse, in contending that many words and accusations formerly considered defamatory are now understood only as mere opinions, not factual assertions.

  2. Mary Wilson Little:

    The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you.

  3. Pavel Laberko:

    Companies that produce meat, fruit and other food have a unique opportunity to grow their operations as imports are restricted by Russia's so-called anti-sanctions, similarly, local producers of oil field equipment have a chance to try to develop their analogues of formerly imported products, now that the sanctions are here to stay for an extended period.

  4. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

  5. Kyle Kondik:

    We are seeing turnout spike in affluent, highly-educated suburban areas – precisely the kinds of places where the GOP has slipped since 2016 and where at least some formerly Republican voters appear to be more open to voting Democratic than in the past.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. fervidness
    • B. epiphora
    • C. arbalist
    • D. imperviousness

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