purely
adverb Date: 14th century 1. a. to a full extent ; totally <
purely by accident
>
b. wholly, exclusively <
a selection based purely on merit
>
2. without admixture of anything injurious or foreign 3. simply, merely <
read purely for relaxation
>
4. in a chaste or innocent manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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