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From Middle English clerli, clerely, clerelych, cleerliche, clerliche, equivalent to clear +‎ -ly.

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clearly (comparative more clearly or (archaic) clearlier, superlative most clearly or (archaic) clearliest)

  1. (manner) In a clear manner.
    He enunciated every syllable clearly.
  2. (modal) Without a doubt; obviously.
    Clearly, the judge erred in his opinion.
    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned his players against letting the pre-match festivities distract them from the task at hand, they clearly struggled for fluency early on.
  3. (degree) To a degree clearly discernible.
    He was clearly wrong on all points but one.

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