Etymology

1. purely

adverb. ['ˈpjʊrli'] restricted to something.

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • pure (English)
  • pur (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Purely

  • prematurely
  • securely
  • demurely
  • surely
  • poorly

Example sentences of the word purely


1. Adverb
From a purely economic perspective, the first thing that workplace bullying does is cut into productivity.

Quotes containing the word purely


1. Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
- Vaclav Havel

2. People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

3. She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either--a purely human one.
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

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