Etymology
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gently (adv.)

early 14c., "befitting one of gentle rank, as of good family," from gentle + -ly (2). Meaning "quietly, softly, without rudeness, gradually" is from 1550s.

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Definitions of gently

gently (adv.)
in a gradual manner;
a gently sloping terrain
gently (adv.)
in a gentle manner;
he talked gently to the injured animal
Synonyms: mildly
gently (adv.)
with little weight or force;
Synonyms: lightly / softly
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