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[sohl-lee] /ˈsoʊl li/
as the only one or ones:
solely responsible.
exclusively or only:
plants found solely in the tropics.
She wanted solely to get out of the house for a while.
Origin of solely
1485-95; sole1 + -ly Unabridged
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  • Once upon a time, coffee-growing countries were focused solely on maximizing the volume of beans produced.
  • When they're broken it's not solely the fault of a drink or even five.
  • The environmental component is based solely on particular matter in the air of cities.
  • But the overall lesson is clear: if you are giving aid solely to be liked, be prepared for disappointment.
  • People were being investigated and punished solely for what they thought.
  • That's a total of four awards shows devoted solely to country music.
  • The support could arise from formalized general social networks, not solely through custom-built protest networks.
  • But our reticence to acknowledge that our humanity derives solely from the physical brain should not come as a surprise.
  • No one the writer spoke to believes that climate change can be successfully addressed solely by creating a market.
  • Some terrific candidates were excluded solely because they didn't have a new piece of fiction available by our deadline.
British Dictionary definitions for solely


only; completely; entirely
without another or others; singly; alone
for one thing only
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Word Origin and History for solely

late 15c., from sole (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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