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[pahrt-lee] /ˈpɑrt li/
in part; to some extent or degree; partially; not wholly:
His statement is partly true.
Origin of partly
1515-25; part + -ly
Can be confused
partially, partly. Unabridged
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  • Gray-green leaves tend to drop off around bloom time, but this partly deciduous tree does not lose all of its foliage.
  • In summer can be moved outdoors to a partly shaded patio.
  • Needless to say, many fabled stories of her life are partly fiction.
  • If laypeople don't appreciate it, that's partly because unsolved problems still loom large.
  • partly because they exert such great influence, televised debates have always received heated criticism.
  • Even in some residential neighborhoods that are partly occupied, things are quiet.
  • partly buried by flakes of battleship-gray rock is a telling geological formation.
  • Roads are unlittered partly because there's nothing to litter.
  • Now, partly paralyzed, he breathes with the help of a ventilator.
  • The underworld part, brilliantly grotesque as it partly is, breaks the realistic vision of the beginning.
British Dictionary definitions for partly


to some extent; not completely
Usage note
Partly and partially are to some extent interchangeable, but partly should be used when referring to a part or parts of something: the building is partly (not partially) of stone, while partially is preferred for the meaning to some extent: his mother is partially (not partly) sighted
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Word Origin and History for partly

1520s, from part (n.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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