perfectly

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

perfect +‎ -ly

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

perfectly (comparative more perfectly, superlative most perfectly)

  1. With perfection.
    They completed the first series perfectly.
  2. Wholly, completely, totally.
    Their performance was perfectly fine.
    Skydiving is jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
    • 1899, Knut Hamsun, “Part III”, in George Egerton [pseudonym; Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright], transl., Hunger: Translated from the Norwegian, London: Leonard Smithers and Co. [], OCLC 560168646; republished New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, October 1920 (December 1920 printing), OCLC 189563, page 145:
      I was perfectly stunned. I sat and moistened my lips a little, but otherwise made no effort to do anything: my chest was in a pitiful state.
    • 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1 – 0 Spain”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      James Milner's angled free-kick was headed on to the post by the tireless [Darren] Bent and [Frank] Lampard the opportunist was perfectly placed to stoop and head in from virtually on the goal-line.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 4:
      The route taken does not have to be a perfectly straight line, just so long as it is linear and is followed consistently for each transect taken.

Usage notesEdit

Some adjectives commonly collocating with perfectly: willing, safe, well, healthy, obvious, understandable.

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