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[prahy-mair-uh-lee, -mer-, prahy-mer-uh-lee, -mer-uh-] /praɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-/
essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally:
They live primarily from farming.
in the first instance; at first; originally:
Primarily a doctor, he later became a lawyer.
Origin of primarily
1610-20; primary + -ly Unabridged
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  • Dancing was part of what you could do there, but they weren't dance clubs primarily.
  • The ivory is primarily in the form of carved curios, such as chopsticks, targeted toward foreigners.
  • Grown primarily and especially appreciated in interior regions with hot summers and cold winters.
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  • Consider basic questions such as whether your country is primarily agricultural or industrial.
  • The process of stating a problem in a language that is acceptable to a computer is primarily intuitive rather than formal.
  • But well past mid-century the source of power was still primarily horses or oxen.
  • During downturns, primarily low level employees were laid off.
  • Other areas are set aside primarily for recreation or aesthetics.
  • Gardeners cultivate many plants primarily for their flowers--but to botanists, a flower is simply a plant's reproductive unit.
British Dictionary definitions for primarily


principally; chiefly; mainly
at first; originally
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