Definition of purely in English:



  • 1In a pure manner.

    ‘act nobly, speak purely, and think charitably’
    merely, only, just, solely, simply, no more than
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  • 2Entirely; exclusively.

    ‘the purpose of the meeting was purely to give information’
    • ‘In purely military terms they posed no threat to the Reichswehr and the state police.’
    • ‘It is not right to think of intentionality purely in terms of the explanation of behaviour.’
    • ‘It has also warned that any extra money in the next financial year will be purely to meet inflation.’
    • ‘In purely political terms, you have to wonder if the game is worth the candle, but still they persist.’
    • ‘In purely technical terms, that makes him one of the biggest British musical acts of the modern era.’
    • ‘The club has a vile sexist advertising campaign that portrays women in purely sexual terms.’
    • ‘Britain and the United States have seen film production purely in economic terms.’
    • ‘If we were to look at this purely in terms of military gains the answer would be obvious.’
    • ‘But the real bonus of the scheme should not be estimated in purely financial terms.’
    • ‘He also believes it is important that helpers are not seen purely as police informers.’
    • ‘But purely in terms of relating to something, Africa is very far from the way we live.’
    • ‘To detach it entirely and look at it purely theoretically is to ignore its primary importance.’
    • ‘It is almost impossible to think of a law that is purely and exclusively about one topic.’
    • ‘It describes how every human value is debased and turned into purely cash terms.’
    • ‘The boundary between pidgins and Creoles cannot be defined in purely linguistic terms.’
    • ‘The success or failure of a war crimes tribunal, it seems, cannot be gauged in purely legal terms.’
    • ‘They now claim that the meetings were purely exploratory and no decisions have yet been taken.’
    • ‘There is no such a thing as purely military advice when it comes to issues of strategy.’
    • ‘This implies that our findings perhaps cannot be explained purely in terms of the placebo effect.’
    • ‘In purely evidential terms it is to his credit that he accepted that he sometimes did work on this basis.’
    entirely, completely, absolutely, totally, wholly, exclusively, uniquely, solely, only, simply, just, merely
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