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[fond-lee] /ˈfɒnd li/
in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately:
He looked fondly at his child.
Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.
Origin of fondly
1300-50; Middle English; see fond1, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many of these pages, I fondly foresee, must consist but of the record of their chatter.

    The Middle Years Henry James
  • She wanted to put her arms round her, and say fondly, "Never mind!"

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But it was towards the first days of her stay at Schifanoja that her heart returned most fondly.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • He was still holding Casanova's hands, and he pressed them fondly.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Pedro loved Miralda fondly, and she was by no means indifferent to the handsome Creole.

Word Origin and History for fondly

mid-14c., "foolishly," from fond + -ly (2). Meaning "affectionately" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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