AskDefine | Define plainly

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plainly adv
1 unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly'); "the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn" [syn: obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plain]
2 in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment; "she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply" [syn: simply]

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  1. In a plain manner; simply; basically.
    She decorated the room plainly but neatly.
  2. Obviously; clearly.
    You will see that ours is plainly the better method.


In a plain manner
Obviously; clearly

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