What does purely mean?

Definitions for purely
ˈpyʊər lipure·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word purely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strictly, purelyadverb

    restricted to something

    "we talked strictly business"


  1. purelyadverb

    Wholly; really, completely.

  2. purelyadverb

    Solely; exclusively; merely, simply.

  3. purelyadverb

    Chastely, innocently; in a sinless manner, without fault.

  4. purelyadverb

    Without physical adulterants; refinedly, with no admixture.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Purelyadverb

    Etymology: from pure.

    I will purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin. Isaiah i. 25.

    The being able to raise an army, and conducting it to fight against the king, was purely due to him, and the effect of his power. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Upon the particular observations on the metallick and mineral bodies, I have not founded any thing but what purely and immediately concerns the natural history of those bodies. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    I converse in full freedom with men of both parties; and if not in equal number, it is purely accidental, as having made acquaintance at court more under one ministry than another. Jonathan Swift.


  1. purely

    Purely refers to something being completely and entirely influenced or characterized by one element, factor, aspect, or characteristic, without the interference, inclusion, or contamination of any other. It demonstrates the absolute, undiluted, and unadulterated nature of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purelyadverb

    in a pure manner (in any sense of the adjective)

  2. Purelyadverb

    nicely; prettily

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3863

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2779

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purely' in Adverbs Frequency: #262

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purely in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of purely in a Sentence

  1. Amos Gilad:

    We must look at the entire picture, it can't be looked at as purely a commercial issue.

  2. Jack Drescher:

    [It] is a purely medical description of a person who undergoes some medical or surgical treatment to change them from the gender they were born into the gender they wish to be.

  3. Elizabeth Nabel:

    I might have watched the game from purely an entertainment perspective in the past, but now I clearly watch the game from a safety perspective, my eyes are always out there watching the players, looking for potentially harm or injuries.

  4. R. E. Hellmund:

    Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

    This letter is a hard slap not only in the face the United States, but our allies, this is not a time to undermine the commander in chief purely out of spite.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    A transition
    B mediocrity
    C tranquillity
    D aspiration

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