1250–1300; Middle English clerli.
plainly, understandably. Clearly, definitely, distinctly, evidently
imply the way in which something is plainly understood or understandable. Clearly
suggests without doubt or obscurity: expressed clearly. Definitely
means explicitly; with precision: definitely phrased. Distinctly
means without blurring or confusion: distinctly enunciated. Evidently
means patently, unquestionably: evidently an error.