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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.

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. William Shakespeare:

    An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.

  2. unknown:

    They stood there pretending to be just friends when all the while everyone in the room could plainly see that they were only existing for each other.

  3. Bennie Thompson:

    I want our witnesses to understand something very plainly. If you are thinking of following the path Mr. Bannon has gone down you are on notice that this is what you'll face.

  4. Caio Carvalho:

    This is plainly a policy directed at Petrobras, that will have an indirect positive impact on the sugar sector.

  5. Paul Coulibaly:

    The link between food security and political security is plainly obvious.

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Translations for plainly

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

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

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