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understandable +‎ -ly


understandably (comparative more understandably, superlative most understandably)

  1. For reasons that are easy to understand or sympathise with.
    Understandably, he was too embarrassed to speak.
    Embarrassed, he understandably refused to speak.
    He was understandably embarrassed, and could not speak.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Everton were, perhaps understandably, deflated at the setback and it was no surprise when Suarez added Liverpool's second after 82 minutes. Distin and Baines were involved in a mix-up as the Uruguayan advanced into the area, and he was not about to pass up the gift to shoot low past Howard.
  2. In an understandable manner.
    When presenting in front of the class, take care to speak clearly and understandably.