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