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[neym-lee] /ˈneɪm li/
adverb
1.
that is to say; explicitly; specifically; to wit:
an item of legislation, namely, the housing bill.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English namely, earlier nameliche. See name, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for namely

namely

/ˈneɪmlɪ/
adverb
1.
that is to say: it was another colour, namely green
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Word Origin and History for namely
adv.

"particularly, especially" (i.e. "by name"), late 12c., from name (n.) + -ly (2).

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