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[frangk-lee] /ˈfræŋk li/
in a frank manner; freely; candidly; openly; plainly:
He presented his arguments frankly and objectively.
Origin of frankly
1530-40; frank1 + -ly Unabridged
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  • frankly as he had gone to the Girondin with his confession, so frankly had the other received it.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • He is an old hand, who knows the market and frankly manufactures for it.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • He said frankly he doesn't want my friendship, he wants my love, he must have it!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • He had been frankly bored by them, but the fact had remained.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • “The lad is no spy, or he would not speak as frankly as he does,” observed the gentleman.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for frankly


(sentence modifier) in truth; to be honest: frankly, I can't bear him
in a frank manner
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Word Origin and History for frankly

1530s, from frank (adj.) + -ly (2).

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