Definitions

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

  • adverb In a plain and unadorned way.
  • adverb In an unambiguous way; clearly.
  • adverb Not wisely or sensibly; foolishly.
  • adverb Merely; only.
  • adverb Absolutely; altogether.
  • adverb Frankly; candidly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a simple manner
  • Without extravagance or parade; unostentatiously.
  • without pretense or affectation; unassumingly; artlessly.
  • Without wisdom or discretion; unwisely; foolishly.
  • Merely; solely; only.
  • Hence— Absolutely; quite.
  • Absolutely; in the full sense of the words; not in a particular respect merely.

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

  • adverb In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely.
  • adverb Plainly; without art or subtlety.
  • adverb Weakly; foolishly.

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

  • adverb manner In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone
  • adverb manner Plainly; without art or subtlety; clearly; obviously; unquestionably.
  • adverb manner Weakly; foolishly; stupidly.
  • adverb focus merely; solely.
  • adverb degree absolutely, positively.
  • adverb speech act Frankly.

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

  • adverb in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment
  • adverb absolutely
  • adverb absolutely; altogether; really
  • adverb and nothing more

Etymologies

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simple +‎ -ly

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