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clearly (adv.)

c. 1300, of vision and speech, "in a clear manner, without obscurity," from clear (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "evidently" is from 1560s; as a parenthetical expression in argument, "it is clear," recorded from 1867.

updated on December 19, 2017

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Definitions of clearly from WordNet

clearly (adv.)
without doubt or question;
history has clearly shown the folly of that policy
they were clearly lost
clearly (adv.)
in an intelligible manner;
Synonyms: intelligibly / understandably
clearly (adv.)
clear to the mind; with distinct mental discernment;
I could clearly see myself in his situation
Synonyms: distinctly
clearly (adv.)
in an easily perceptible manner;
could be seen clearly under the microscope
Synonyms: clear
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