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primarily

[prahy-mair-uh-lee, -mer-, prahy-mer-uh-lee, -mer-uh-] /praɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-/
adverb
1.
essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally:
They live primarily from farming.
2.
in the first instance; at first; originally:
Primarily a doctor, he later became a lawyer.
Origin of primarily
1610-1620
1610-20; primary + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for primarily

primarily

/ˈpraɪmərəlɪ/
adverb
1.
principally; chiefly; mainly
2.
at first; originally
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