accordingly

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Etymology[edit]

according +‎ -ly

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Adverb[edit]

accordingly (comparative more accordingly, superlative most accordingly)

  1. (manner) Agreeably; correspondingly; suitably; in a manner conformable.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, III-ix:
      We may the number of ships behold, and so proceed accordingly.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, “X”, in The Time Machine:
      Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing. Yet oddly enough I found here a far more unlikely substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that, by chance, I supposed had been really hermetically sealed. I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable.
  2. (conjunctive) In natural sequence; consequently; so.

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Synonym notes:

  • Consequently, indicates a connection between two things, the latter of which is done on account of the former.
  • Accordingly marks the connection as one of simple accordance or congruity, leading naturally to the result which followed; as, he was absent when I called, and I accordingly left my card; our preparations were all finished, and we accordingly set sail. Consequently all finished, and we accordingly set sail.
  • Consequently marks a closer connection, that of logical or causal sequence; as, the papers were not ready, and consequently could not be signed.

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