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honestly

[on-ist-lee] /ˈɒn ɪst li/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner.
2.
with honesty.
interjection
3.
(used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.):
Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English. See honest, -ly
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  • honestly, humanity in general is a sad and sorry race.
  • Also, honestly, my arms were getting a little tired.
  • If people make their money honestly, more power to them no matter who they are.
  • First the researchers asked participants to respond honestly to a number of spider-related fear tests.
  • honestly, some of them don't even know how to get a percentage.
  • Begin by explaining clearly what it is, because a surprising number of students honestly don't know.
  • If you can honestly say you've gotten encouragement from foundations or government agencies so much the better.
  • Not all their admissions decisions are honestly based on likelihood of success.
  • And honestly, if they've got a detailed rubric they should know how they're doing.
  • Earlier generations came to the country to build a life honestly.
British Dictionary definitions for honestly

honestly

/ˈɒnɪstlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner
2.
(intensifier): I honestly don't believe it
interjection
3.
an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for honestly
adv.

mid-14c., from honest + -ly (2). As an intensifier or exclamation, from 1898.

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