merely

[meer-lee]
adverb
1.
only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form.
2.
Obsolete.
a.
without admixture; purely.
b.
altogether; entirely.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English mereli. See mere1, -ly

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merely (ˈmɪəlɪ)
 
adv
only; nothing more than

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merely
1540s, "entirely," from mere (adj.). Meaning "and nothing more" is from c.1580.
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Example sentences
Some say the report merely confirms common sense.
More than merely ineffective, farm policies impose substantial harm.
He is merely a frugal academic, not a financial professional.
Photograph people being active, rather than merely posing, and take enough time
  to put the subject at ease.
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