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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly, plainadverb

    unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

    "the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn"

  2. plainly, simplyadverb

    in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment

    "she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply"


  1. plainlyadverb

    In a plain manner; simply; basically.

    She decorated the room plainly but neatly.

  2. plainlyadverb

    Obviously; clearly.

    You will see that ours is plainly the better method.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plainlyadverb

    Etymology: from plain.

    You write to me with the freedom of a friend, setting down your thoughts as they occur, and dealing plainly with me in the matter. Alexander Pope.

    They charged the enemies horse so gallantly, that they gave ground; and at last plainly run to a safe place. Edward Hyde.

    St. Augustine acknowledgeth, that they are not only set down, but also plainly set down in scripture; so that he which heareth or readeth, may without difficulty understand. Richard Hooker.

    Coriolanus neither cares whether they love or hate him; and out of his carelessness, let’s them plainly see’t. William Shakespeare.

    By that seed
    Is meant thy great deliverer, who shall bruise
    The serpent’s head; whereof to thee anon
    Plainlier shall be reveal’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    We see plainly that we have the means, and that nothing but the application of them is wanting. Addison.


  1. plainly

    Plainly is an adverb that is used to describe something done in a clear, straightforward or simple manner. It can also refer to something that is apparent or obvious. It is expressed or understood without any embellishments or subtleties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plainlyadverb

    in a plain manner; clearly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plainly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plainly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of plainly in a Sentence

  1. Jack Schlossberg:

    Throughout his presidency, my grandfather made it clear that he alone could fix nothing; that he alone had no answers, he had the courage to plainly admit America’s shortcomings, to then lay out bold plans to address those problems and to ask his fellow Americans for help in solving them … he inspired a generation to enter public service and to ask what they could do for their country.

  2. Christopher Davis:

    Plainly the regulators are trying to send a message that their view of what constitutes passivity is far more restrictive than what some portfolio managers apparently believe.

  3. Chief Justice John Marshall:

    Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the constitution, and all means which are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to that end, which are not prohibited, but consist with the letter and spirit of the constitution, are constitutional. ...[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.

  4. Yvette Monet:

    Resort fees are plainly stated on our hotel reservations websites, prior to a guest making a reservation, information about the fees is also stated by our reservation agents when a guest makes a reservation over the telephone.

  5. Homer:

    It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told.

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Translations for plainly

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  • yksinkertaisesti, selvästi, ilmiselvästiFinnish
  • clairement, simplementFrench
  • தெளிவாகTamil

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