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cleanly

[adj. klen-lee; adv. kleen-lee] /adj. ˈklɛn li; adv. ˈklin li/
adjective, cleanlier, cleanliest.
1.
personally neat; careful to keep or make clean:
The cat is by nature a cleanly animal.
2.
habitually kept clean.
3.
Obsolete. cleansing; making clean.
adverb
4.
in a clean manner.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English clenlich(e), Old English clǣnlīc, equivalent to clǣne clean + -līc -ly
Related forms
cleanliness
[klen-lee-nis] /ˈklɛn li nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
Can be confused
cleanliness, cleanness.
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Examples for cleanliness
  • It's amazing how pigheaded doctors were regarding cleanliness.
  • In those terms, the argument is largely political, one of environmental cleanliness against economic godliness.
  • It may be too much cleanliness-or rather, cleanliness of a certain sort.
  • While the ten finalists are all unique, they share one common trait: cleanliness.
  • At the hospital, the writer was still learning aseptic technique--the ritual cleanliness that surrounds the operating room.
  • He exuded an insistent aura of cleanliness and self-discipline.
  • He was puritanical, obsessed with cleanliness, and fatalistic.
  • But it's not only a push for cleanliness and improved sanitation that is underway.
  • To acquiesce in discrepancy is destructive of candor and of moral cleanliness.
  • Washing our garments to keep them sweet is cleanly, but it is the opposite to real cleanliness to hide dirt in them.
British Dictionary definitions for cleanliness

cleanly

adverb (ˈkliːnlɪ)
1.
in a fair manner
2.
easily or smoothly the screw went into the wood cleanly
adjective (ˈklɛnlɪ) -lier, -liest
3.
habitually clean or neat
Derived Forms
cleanlily (ˈklɛnlɪlɪ) adverb
cleanliness (ˈklɛnlɪnɪs) noun
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Word Origin and History for cleanliness
n.

early 15c., from cleanly + -ness.

Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. [John Wesley, Sermon "On Dress," c.1791]

cleanly

adj.

Old English clænlic "morally pure, innocent," from clæne (see clean (adj.)). Of persons, "habitually clean," from c.1500.

adv.

Old English clænlice; see clean (adj.) + -ly (2).

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