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From inward +‎ -ly.


inwardly (not comparable)

  1. In an inward manner; on the inside or to oneself.
    Jacob groaned inwardly when he was called on to answer the question.
  2. (obsolete) Completely, fully.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter ij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVI:
      whanne Percyual vnderstode that she was his veray syster / he was inwardly glad and sayd / faire syster I shalle entre therin / For yf I be a mys creature or an vntrue knyghte there shalle I perysshe

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