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[blahynd-lee] /ˈblaɪnd li/
in a blind manner:
We felt our way blindly through the black tunnel.
without understanding, reservation, or objection; unthinkingly:
They followed their leaders blindly.
without continuation:
The passage ended blindly 50 feet away.
Origin of blindly
before 900; Middle English; Old English blindlīce; see blind, -ly
Related forms
overblindly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His thoughts now leaped to the end as blindly as they had shrunk from it before.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Only one thing could surpass him: the scythe of death which blindly mows the world.

  • Sandy climbed down from the saddle, and waded about blindly in the shallow water, with groping hands.

  • They replied hotly but blindly, and in a moment the room was void of assailants.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • We marched loosely and blindly, and they came on us unawares.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
Word Origin and History for blindly

Old English blindlice; see blind (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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