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chiefly

[cheef-lee] /ˈtʃif li/
adverb
1.
primarily; essentially:
He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better.
2.
mainly; mostly:
This dish consists chiefly of noodles.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or like a chief:
his chiefly responsibilities.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see chief, -ly
Synonyms
1, 2. See especially.
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  • Their goal: to draft an agreement that will limit global warming, chiefly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • Most cases are diagnosed after birth now, but if the blood test is widely adopted it could become chiefly a prenatal event.
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  • But chiefly the sea-shore has been the point of departure to knowledge, as to commerce.
  • As long as viruses replicated chiefly through disk exchanges, it could take a year for one to spread around the world.
  • They arc chiefly concerned with the moral objection to punishment by killing.
  • But it has been more difficult to demonstrate other suspected connections, chiefly that of noise-related stress to heart disease.
  • The answer is no, but that is chiefly because deterrence theory wasn't satisfactorily tested.
  • As a result, the case made here rests chiefly on deduction.
British Dictionary definitions for chiefly

chiefly

/ˈtʃiːflɪ/
adverb
1.
especially or essentially; above all
2.
in general; mainly; mostly
adjective
3.
of or relating to a chief or chieftain
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Word Origin and History for chiefly
adv.

"pre-eminently," mid-14c., from chief + -ly (2). Adjectival meaning "pertaining to a chief" is from 1870 (from -ly (1)).

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