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[pur-fikt-lee] /ˈpɜr fɪkt li/
in a perfect manner or to a perfect degree:
to sing an aria perfectly.
completely; fully; adequately: This will suit my purpose perfectly. He’s perfectly happy to help out.
She’s perfectly capable of making her own decision.
Origin of perfectly
1275-1325; perfect + -ly; replacing Middle English parfitly, derivative of parfit (see perfect)
1. flawlessly, superbly, ideally. Unabridged
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  • There was a reason her students who turned in lame term papers could also churn out perfectly fine blogs.
  • They are perfectly uniform in size, shape and shade of yellow.
  • The cryonic preservation worked perfectly, but our revival procedure still has a few kinks.
  • perfectly ethical souls spare nothing to help a dying lover.
  • Other perfectly survivable occurrences include violent engine shuddering, sputtering flames and engine shutdown.
  • Their histories, appearance, and the dates of the experiments all lined up perfectly.
  • But those who think they are perfect are often perfectly awful.
  • When the data are supposed to support a thesis perfectly, the incentives to cut corners increase.
  • It showed up perfectly in the preview, but now the kanji and kana appear as question marks.
  • The fact is that many academics are perfectly willing to produce good materials in exchange for recognition.
British Dictionary definitions for perfectly


completely, utterly, or absolutely
in a perfect way; extremely well
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Word Origin and History for perfectly

c.1300, from perfect + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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