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[furst-lee] /ˈfɜrst li/
in the first place; first.
Origin of firstly
1525-35; first + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for firstly
  • firstly, for those of you wondering, this is a little sad.
  • firstly, the condition is know as global climate change not global warming.
  • OK, firstly, the pay is bad compared to the rest of the world.
  • firstly, you never receive an acknowledgement to your application and you never know how long should you wait.
  • firstly, there is a market for boutique high-end laptops and desktops.
  • firstly, it is entirely possible for people to hold conflicting views of reality.
  • But a number of other factors have changed in the years since: firstly, broadband.
  • firstly, there is widespread support for the aim of his proposal, if not for the specific means.
  • firstly, more senior managers are shunning retirement, which makes climbing the ranks within a company tougher.
  • firstly, the fuel source must be environmentally sustainable and not compete with existing food resources.
British Dictionary definitions for firstly


coming before other points, questions, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for firstly

1530s, but never a common word (simple first usually serving its place), from first + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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