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[hoh-lee, hohl-lee] /ˈhoʊ li, ˈhoʊl li/
entirely; totally; altogether; quite.
to the whole amount, extent, etc.
so as to comprise or involve all.
Origin of wholly
1250-1300; Middle English holliche. See whole, -ly
Can be confused
holey, holy, wholly. Unabridged
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  • The ozone decision was jarring because it was wholly unexpected.
  • Even a wholly technocratic government can never fully escape politics.
  • No single pathogen seems wholly responsible for the disease, they've found.
  • Wheeler was one of the first prominent physicists seriously to propose that reality might not be a wholly physical phenomenon.
  • wholly non-intuitive interface and small, pokey buttons.
  • When any wholly uneducated individual commits some deed of savage.
  • Hungarians seeking to buy forints had been battling with a foreign-exchange market that had almost wholly seized up.
  • As for overseas production, the article doesn't mention how many brand name drugs are produced wholly are partly overseas.
  • Mould by a charisma and wholly self centered they are actually borderline animals.
  • Because the communications occurred wholly intrastate, however, no federal law criminalized the conduct.
British Dictionary definitions for wholly


completely, totally, or entirely
without exception; exclusively
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Word Origin and History for wholly

c.1300, probably from Old English *hallice; see whole + -ly (2).

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