merely

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From mere +‎ -ly.

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merely (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Wholly, entirely. [16th-20th c.]
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      It is not forgot, since the acute and distinct Arminius was perverted meerly by the perusing of a namelesse discourse writt'n at Delf, which at first he took in hand to confute.
  2. (focus) Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more. [from 16th c.]

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