Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Chiefly; mainly: a scholastic program primarily for seniors; a primarily middle-class neighborhood.
  • adv. At first; originally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Of a primary or central nature, first and foremost

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a primary manner; in the first place; in the first place; in the first intention; originally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the first or most important place; originally; in the first intention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. of primary import
  • adv. for the most part

Etymologies

primary +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nay, he could go farther than that, and venture to assert openly, over his own name, and leave on record for the benefit of posterity, _the assertion_ that this new method of inquiry _does apply_, directly and primarily, to those questions in which the human race are _primarily concerned_; that it strikes at once to the heart of those questions, and was invented to that end.

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  • Schott was a local car dealer who inherited the team when her husband died, and made her name primarily because of her loutish behavior and her everpresent St. Bernard, an obnoxious mutt named Schottzie.

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  • This was probably the meaning of the term primarily; but as early as the reign of Edward I, it was employed to denote counsel below the state and degree of serjeant at law; one degree corresponding to that of bachelor, and the other to that of doctor, in the universities (Pearce's History of the Inns of Court, 28).

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  • Chicago Loop Downtown is a term primarily used in North America to refer to

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  • A term primarily used in the United States, it refers to machines with moving parts smaller than a human hair that contain both electrical and mechanical components on silicon.

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  • Today we associate the term primarily with Kitaj, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and Leon Kossoff.

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  • Conservative ideologies are typically more friendly to this emerging stream simply because they are skeptical of the innate nature of man as being good but they remain primarily idealistic in nature nevertheless.

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  • But a hobby grower such as Cervantes knows that the highest quality and most potent marijuana is made primarily from the unpollinated female flower buds, of choice strains.

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  • Contractually, the show will work primarily from the book — which was spawned from the site and contains the same content — but it is unclear how the concept will translate into a series.

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  • The exhibition features 80 examples of haute couture and high fashion primarily from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was transferred to the Met from the Brooklyn Museum in January 2009.

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