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Definitions for solely
ˈsoʊl lisole·ly

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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.

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. Roberto Herrera Cceres:

    Violence is not determined solely by homicides but by the death threats, the extortions, the forced recruitments into gangs, attacks against property in the gang-controlled areas that the state has not been able to recover, a situation of insecurity moves people.

  2. Richard Dieter:

    They might affirm it, but it would be terrible to go ahead with an execution when the person’s life or death depends solely on his having a date between the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the case and its decision in that case.

  3. Peter Prattas:

    The stock probably will see a bit of a rebound solely based on having reached a 52-week low, and people are going to look at the dividend yield, which has gotten pretty attractive.

  4. Jason Chaffetz:

    The facts before us on the impeachment go solely to what Mr. Koskinen did and didn’t do when he was under subpoena, there was a lot of gross negligence, things he should have done, could have done.

  5. Brian Wise:

    By shutting down the bank accounts of these legally operating businesses, what they're actually doing is forcing these businesses to deal solely in cash, which is completely opposite of what they have said their intention is, it's a whole lot easier to launder money with cash than having to go through a financial institution.

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