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Definitions for solely
ˈsoʊl lisole·ly

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entirely, exclusively, solely, alone, onlyadverb

    without any others being included or involved

    "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him"


  1. solelyadverb

    Alone; exclusively.

    The new chef was solely responsible for attending the grill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Solelyadverb

    Singly; only.

    Etymology: from sole.

    You knew my father well, and in him me,
    Left solely heir to all his lands. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    This night’s great business
    Shall to all our nights and days to come
    Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom. William Shakespeare.

    That the intemperate heat of the clime solely occasions this complexion, experience admits not. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    This truth is pointed chiefly, if not solely, upon sinners of the first rate, who have cast off all regard for piety. Francis Atterbury.


  1. solely

    Solely is an adverb which means exclusively or entirely, indicating that something is done or exists without any other factors or individuals involved. It denotes that an action or characteristic belongs to one person or thing alone, without any influence or contribution from others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solelyadverb

    singly; alone; only; without another; as, to rest a cause solely one argument; to rely solelyn one's own strength

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solely' in Adverbs Frequency: #328

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solely in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of solely in a Sentence

  1. M.C. Escher:

    I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well.

  2. Piper Gill:

    I think there is a common misconception that people are solely defined by certain things such as events, illnesses, disabilities, and things of that nature, i like to think that we as people are a mixture of our interests, experiences, pain, joy, the people we love, triumphs, trials, and so much more.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    When people are solely intersecting, we mainly hear monologues. But instead of soliloquizing we need dialoguing. Good social coherence requires a reciprocal willingness to create space for an open discussion. Plain talk and unbiased listening are the keystones for a healthy sovereign human living together. ("Why didn't he ask ? " )

  4. Tiger King:

    But what the State of Virginia has done, to falsely attack my treatment of animals, to attempt to slander my reputation and my life's work, solely to appease animal rights activists that have influence over the elected officials that have brought these charges is far different and it's very personal to me.

  5. Jennifer Horn:

    There are some issues that transcend politics. While my position is certainly political, I am an American first. There should never be a day in the United States of America when people are excluded based solely on their race or religion.

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