in ancient times; of old.

1495–1505; ancient1 + -ly Unabridged
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anciently (ˈeɪnʃəntlɪ)
in ancient times

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Example sentences
Anciently books were chiefly copied and preserved in monasteries, which for several ages were the depositories of learning.
The anciently reported spells of these places creep on us.
Anciently, travelers were migrating in search of shelter and food.
The jurisdiction of courts of admiralty over the wage claims of seamen is anciently established.
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