Definition of firstly in English:



  • Used to introduce a first point or reason.

    ‘firstly it is wrong and secondly it is extremely difficult to implement’
    • ‘I am on the side of legalising cannabis for a number of reasons, firstly to break the link between cannabis and hard drugs.’
    • ‘There are two axioms; firstly, that legal bans only affect the law abiding.’
    • ‘Our criteria were, firstly, we would take people where they wanted to go.’
    • ‘In other words, there is, firstly, a clear economic case for increased immigration.’
    • ‘Well firstly I can't escape the impression that the excitable kid is getting a bit carried away.’
    • ‘I asked a couple of questions, firstly to ascertain if the public knew there was not going to be a parade.’
    • ‘There were a couple of reasons for this, firstly as it was just too damn hot.’
    • ‘These tags are used for a variety of purposes, firstly to format the layout of a web page and secondly to build in links to other pages and files.’
    • ‘Two problems: firstly, we don't have a hat that she can sleep in, and as a consequence she mangles her head.’
    • ‘OK, firstly, will someone decide whether the girls were wearing headscarves or veils.’
    • ‘Fur isn't a good fashion choice for two reasons, firstly it simply doesn't look very good.’
    • ‘Well, firstly I would take issue with the motives she ascribes to grown-up fans.’
    • ‘The problem with these views is firstly that it is not clear in what sense dialectics is a logic.’
    • ‘To raise money you need three things: firstly, a powerful cause, well articulated.’
    • ‘Well, firstly I found it an excellent story and it was hard to put it down.’
    • ‘You state that prison serves two purposes - firstly to punish and secondly to protect the public.’
    • ‘Dear Neil, firstly, I'd like to thank you for contributing to our journal on a regular basis.’
    • ‘If the Government is wrong, that begs two questions: firstly, what does this mean?’
    • ‘That has changed: firstly, he has not had to contend with long-term injury lay-offs.’
    • ‘Funds would then be needed firstly to refurbish the building and then to cover its operating costs.’
    before anything else, first and foremost, firstly, in the first place
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