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exactly

[ig-zakt-lee] /ɪgˈzækt li/
adverb
1.
in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
2.
in every respect; just:
He will do exactly what he wants.
3.
quite so; that's right.
Origin of exactly
1525-1535
1525-35; exact + -ly
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  • Though not exactly like the others, it had the all too familiar lines.

    Invaders from the Infinite John Wood Campbell
  • She certainly knew he was liable to go at any time, in exactly the way he did go.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And I want to hear from you exactly what you were doing down there and where you got that ladder.

  • exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • No two children are alike, and no two children have exactly similar needs.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
British Dictionary definitions for exactly

exactly

/ɪɡˈzæktlɪ/
adverb
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
sentence substitute
4.
just so! precisely!
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Word Origin and History for exactly
adv.

1530s, from exact + -ly (2). Elliptical use for "quite right" not recorded before 1869.

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