Definition of solely in English:



  • Not involving anyone or anything else; only.

    ‘he is solely responsible for any debts the company may incur’
    ‘people are appointed solely on the basis of merit’
    • ‘Many of the locals we met along the trail were there solely to cater to the needs of trekkers.’
    • ‘The event tomorrow will be solely dedicated to writers and publishers who are based in the county.’
    • ‘The score is solely based on the number of questions you answer before realising it's a trick.’
    • ‘The reality is he was an intelligent, devious businessman who was in it solely for his own profit.’
    • ‘It is very much a case of residents now moving out of the city and I fear it will soon become solely a student area.’
    • ‘The choir is still based at the school, which is now solely used as a church.’
    • ‘She said all letters from the department were addressed solely to her husband.’
    • ‘Should the rightness of an action be based solely on the inherent morality of the action itself?’
    • ‘It is also worth remembering that drugs are not a problem that can be tackled solely by the police.’
    • ‘Gone are the days, she says, when this was a pastime solely for the landed gentry.’
    • ‘The scheme may be designed solely for the use of the residents or it may involve shared use.’
    • ‘As I tell my own children, politics is too important to be left solely to the politicians.’
    • ‘The equivalent game a year earlier is remembered fondly, if solely for a negative reason.’
    • ‘He then joined the army, motivated solely by a desire to learn combat and survival skills.’
    • ‘Jorge admits he finds it difficult to survive on the wage earned solely from busking.’
    • ‘The dolls themselves are now made solely for the tourist interior design market.’
    • ‘Does he seriously think that anyone believes we rely solely on the wind to light our streets?’
    • ‘It is simply not true that smoking is solely responsible for the current cancer epidemic.’
    • ‘Mood swings may not solely be affected by certain foods but also by the lack of appropriate ones.’
    • ‘To have a true belief is simply and solely to believe that something is so, and to be in fact right.’
    only, simply, just, merely, uniquely, exclusively, entirely, completely, absolutely, totally, wholly, alone, no more than, to the exclusion of everyone else, to the exclusion of everything else
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