See also: ally and Ally


Alternative formsEdit


From Middle English -ally, -alliche, a combination equivalent to -al (adjectival suffix) + -ly (adverbial suffix).




  1. Alternative form of -ly (adverbial suffix), used with adjectives in -ic.

Usage notesEdit

  • Three cases should be distinguished: 1.) adjectives in -ic, such as basic, which take the suffix -ally to form adverbs; 2.) adjectives in -ical, like whimsical, which take the suffix -ly; 3.) other adjectives in -al, like original, which take the suffix -ly. Cases 1 and 2 are generally pronounced /-ɪkli/, while case 3 tends to have an extra syllable: /əˈɹɪdʒɪnəli/. Only case 1 is strictly an example of the present lemma.
  • The main exceptions to the rule that adjectives in -ic form adverbs in -ally is public, where publicly is much more common than publically, and (im)politic.

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