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Definitions for purely
ˈpyʊər lipure·ly

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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.

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. Steven Mnuchin:

    I believe that was purely informational, we had obviously read in the press that we were expecting this. I personally wasn't involved in those conversations.

  2. Mirwais Alami:

    The issue is now purely political.

  3. Jonathan Lane:

    We quoted on a quite substantial piece of business in China yesterday, and when we came to look at the numbers we found we were in a much better position than when we looked at the project earlier - purely because of the exchange rate change.

  4. Kenneth Feinberg:

    Look at my prior cases: 97 percent of the victims of Sept. 11 accepted my offer. At GM and BP it was more than 90 percent, too. That has to be my target for VW, it is a purely business transaction, less emotional. I see that from emails I get from vehicle owners, who say things like: 'Mr. Feinberg, I know I haven't lost a relative, I just want to be treated fairly.' They are all quite reasonable.

  5. Gareth Jenkins:

    Erdogan is aware that he is not going to be able to achieve his goals through purely democratic means, if you are trying to stop people from expressing their opinions, it is a sign that you are not accountable.

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