Merely
Merely Mere"ly, adv. 1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely. [1913 Webster]

Ulysses was to force forth his access, Though merely naked. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only. [1913 Webster]

Prize not your life for other ends Than merely to oblige your friends. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely. [1913 Webster]


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