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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kleer-lee]
    • /ˈklɪər li/
    • /ˈklɪəli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kleer-lee]
    • /ˈklɪər li/

Definitions of clearly word

  • adverb clearly in a clear, distinct, or obvious manner 3
  • adverb clearly it is obvious that; evidently 3
  • adverb clearly in a clear manner: It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly. 1
  • adverb clearly without equivocation; decidedly: It is clearly out of the question to drop the case. 1
  • noun clearly In such a way as to allow easy and accurate perception or interpretation. 1
  • adverb clearly see: distinctly 1

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Origin of clearly

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
First recorded in 1250-1300, clearly is from the Middle English word clerli. See clear, -ly

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Parts of speech for Clearly


clearly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for clearly

adv clearly

  • certainly — You use certainly to emphasize what you are saying when you are making a statement.
  • plainly — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.
  • undoubtedly — not called in question; accepted as beyond doubt; undisputed.
  • obviously — easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
  • openly — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.

adverb clearly

  • visibly — that can be seen; perceptible to the eye: mountains visible in the distance.
  • unambiguous — not ambiguous, or unclear; distinct; unequivocal: The object of the experiment was to reach an unambiguous conclusion about climate change.

adjective clearly

  • well-spoken — speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly: The new chairwoman was very well-spoken.
  • articulate — If you describe someone as articulate, you mean that they are able to express their thoughts and ideas easily and well.

Antonyms for clearly

adv clearly

  • doubtfully — of uncertain outcome or result.
  • dubiously — doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply.
  • indefinitely — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
  • questionably — of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.
  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.

adverb clearly

  • ambiguously — open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer.

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