Meaning of “purely” in the English Dictionary

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"purely" in British English

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uk /ˈpjʊə.li/ us /ˈpjʊ

C1 only:

On a purely practical level, it is difficult to see how such proposals would work.
We made this decision purely for financial reasons.
purely and simply

for only one reason or purpose:

They decided to close the museum purely and simply because it cost too much to run.

More examples

  • He wants the job purely for reasons of vanity and ambition.
  • a purely academic argument/question
  • I keep a bottle of brandy purely for medicinal purposes.
  • From a purely practical point of view, the house is too small.
  • I suspect his headaches are purely psychological.

(Definition of “purely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"purely" in American English

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purelyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpjʊr·li/

only; just:

Meeting Gail in the airport was purely coincidental.

(Definition of “purely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)