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firstly

[furst-lee] /ˈfɜrst li/
adverb
1.
in the first place; first.
Origin of firstly
1525-1535
1525-35; first + -ly
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  • firstly, will not your father want the command over the adjoining districts?

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • There is firstly that obtrusive militarism from which we cannot for a moment escape.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • firstly, an ambiguity often arises in the Bible from our mistaking one letter for another similar one.

  • firstly there is the witness of that ecstasy of mood of which we have spoken.

    The Lyric John Drinkwater
  • firstly, the description of them as two-layered Animals is one that only applies typically and to the simpler forms.

British Dictionary definitions for firstly

firstly

/ˈfɜːstlɪ/
adverb
1.
coming before other points, questions, etc
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Word Origin and History for firstly
adv.

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

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