clearly

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Middle English clerely, perhaps a calque of Old French clerement; synchronically analyzable as clear +‎ -ly.

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clearly ‎(comparative clearlier or more clearly, superlative clearliest or most clearly)

  1. (manner) In a clear manner.
    He enunciated every syllable clearly.
  2. (modal) Without a doubt; obviously.
    Clearly, the judge erred in his opinion.
    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton”, BBC Sport:
      While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned his players against letting the pre-match festivities distract them from the task at hand, they clearly struggled for fluency early on.
  3. (degree) To a degree clearly discernible.
    He was clearly wrong on all points but one.

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