in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.
quite so; that's right.

1525–35; exact + -ly

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exactly (ɪɡˈzæktlɪ)
1.  in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
2.  in every respect; just: it is exactly what I want
3.  ironic not exactly not at all; by no means
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4.  just so! precisely!

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from exact + -ly (2). Elliptical use for "quite right" not recorded before 1869.
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Example sentences
There is a fierce rivalry here over who exactly dropped the first burrito into
  a vat of hot oil and thus invented the chimichanga.
It's not clear from your post what exactly you were asked at any point in this
They do exactly that to others too, only in a more subtle, more veiled way.
In all that snow, however, scientists believe the chance that any two flakes
  are exactly alike is virtually zero.
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