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purely

[pyoo r-lee] /ˈpyʊər li/
adverb
1.
in a pure manner; without admixture.
2.
merely; only; solely:
purely accidental.
3.
entirely; completely.
4.
innocently, virtuously, or chastely.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English purliche. See pure, -ly
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  • His first prediction concerned the future of concrete architecture-a topic that, for him, was not purely academic.
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  • purely marine animals, there are no freshwater sea stars, and only a few live in brackish water.
  • Until now, horse cloning has been a purely scientific experiment.
  • Sometimes there's a beauty in a purely abstract image.
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  • My threat was purely abstract-the troubling part about foreigners was the idea, not the reality.
  • The tricky plot locks them into purely functional responses.
  • Not long ago, he sent another ready-made grievance down this way-purely for inspection.
  • Apparently, they interviewed me purely for entertainment.
British Dictionary definitions for purely

purely

/ˈpjʊəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a pure manner
2.
entirely: purely by chance
3.
in a chaste or innocent manner
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Word Origin and History for purely
adv.

late 13c., from pure + -ly (2).

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