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- (manner) In a frank, open or (too) honest manner.
- He spoke frankly about the economy.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
- (speech act) In truth, to tell the truth.
- 1939, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind:
- Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
in a frank, open or (too) honest manner
(speech act) In truth, to tell the truth