plainly

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Etymology[edit]

plain +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

plainly (comparative plainlier or more plainly, superlative plainliest or most plainly)

  1. In a plain manner; simply; basically.
    She decorated the room plainly but neatly.
  2. Obviously; clearly.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
    You will see that ours is plainly the better method.

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