Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In the first place; to begin with; first.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • First; in the first place; before anything else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In the first place; before anything else; -- sometimes improperly used for first.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb formal In the first place; before anything else; first.

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

  • adverb before anything else

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Coined between 1525 and 1535 from first +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • 'However' should only be used at the start of a sentence and do not use the word 'firstly'.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Consequently a WB report on Sub-Saharan Africa in 1989 promoted the idea that "democratization in the context of a free economy would compel governments to be more accountable, less corrupt and hence more efficient developmentally" thus, participation, accountability, and transparency formed the triad of good governance values font-family: Georgia; mso-ansi-language: EN-US "> We find it useful here to summarize how the institutions that started using the term firstly define" good governance ".

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  • Consequently a WB report on Sub-Saharan Africa in 1989 promoted the idea that "democratization in the context of a free economy would compel governments to be more accountable, less corrupt and hence more efficient developmentally" thus, participation, accountability, and transparency formed the triad of good governance values font-family: Georgia; mso-ansi-language: EN-US "> We find it useful here to summarize how the institutions that started using the term firstly define" good governance ".

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  • So, firstly, is anyone else experiencing this in other parts of the world, and if so what do you think its down to?

    Everyone Is Tired, And No One Knows Why | Disinformation

  • I have to say firstly, is there any reason why each officer should not, as soon as possible after the incident, and BEFORE any debrief, prepare his/her initial statement?

    Good For The Goose « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Life is harsh but Liesel soon learns that words and more importantly books are her life and she starts to steal them firstly from the mass bonfires and then from the library of the local Mayor and his wife.

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • Life is harsh but Liesel soon learns that words and more importantly books are her life and she starts to steal them firstly from the mass bonfires and then from the library of the local Mayor and his wife.

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  • Life is harsh but Liesel soon learns that words and more importantly books are her life and she starts to steal them firstly from the mass bonfires and then from the library of the local Mayor and his wife.

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • Two questions spring to mind in this context: firstly, is the effect of these spells of unpopularity iterative, or cumulative?

    The US and the Nation Brand Index

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