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sole·ly

 (sōl′lē, sō′lē)
adv.
1. Alone; singly: solely responsible.
2. Entirely; exclusively: did it solely for love.

solely

(ˈsəʊllɪ)
adv
1. only; completely; entirely
2. without another or others; singly; alone
3. for one thing only

sole•ly

(ˈsoʊl li)

adv.
1. as the only one or ones: solely responsible.
2. exclusively or only: plants found solely in the tropics.
3. merely: She wanted solely to be noticed.
[1485–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.solely - without any others being included or involvedsolely - without any others being included or involved; "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him"

solely

adverb only, completely, entirely, exclusively, alone, singly, merely, single-handedly Too often we make decisions based solely on what we see in magazines.

solely

adverb
1. Without the presence or aid of another:
Idioms: all by one's lonesome, by oneself.
2. To the exclusion of anyone or anything else:
Translations
فَقَط
výhradně
ene og alene
eingöngu

solely

[ˈsəʊllɪ] ADV (= only) → únicamente, solamente, sólo; (= exclusively) → exclusivamente

solely

[ˈsəʊlli] advseulement, uniquement
I will hold you solely responsible → je vous tiendrai pour seul responsable

solely

adv(einzig und) allein, nur; he is solely responsibleer allein trägt die Verantwortung, er ist allein verantwortlich; they are not solely to blameman kann ihnen nicht die alleinige Schuld geben; solely because of this …nur or allein deswegen

solely

[ˈsəʊllɪ] advsolamente, unicamente
I will hold you solely responsible → ti considererò il solo responsabile

sole3

(səul) adjective
1. only; single. my sole purpose/reason.
2. not shared; belonging to one person or group only. the sole rights to a book.
ˈsolely adverb
only. She is solely responsible for the crisis.
References in classic literature ?
There were many others who were there solely for the play and acting.
Whenever the eyes of the wearied travelers rose from the decayed leaves over which they trod, his dark form was to be seen glancing among the stems of the trees in front, his head immovably fastened in a forward position, with the light plume on his crest fluttering in a current of air, made solely by the swiftness of his own motion.
He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get.
We impute it, therefore, solely to the disease in his own eye and heart that the minister, looking upward to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter -- the letter A -- marked out in lines of dull red light.
I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible; nor to the unimaginative mind is there aught of terror in those appearances whose awfulness to another mind almost solely consists in this one phenomenon, especially when exhibited under any form at all approaching to muteness or universality.
Then, again, if you fix your eye upon this strange, crested, comb-like incrustation on the top of the mass --this green, barnacled thing, which the Greenlanders call the crown, and the Southern fishers the bonnet of the Right Whale; fixing your eyes solely on this, you would take the head for the trunk of some huge oak, with a bird's nest in its crotch.
That Jurgis did not starve to death was due solely to the pittance the children brought him.
No: until I want the protection of Massachusetts to be extended to me in some distant Southern port, where my liberty is endangered, or until I am bent solely on building up an estate at home by peaceful enterprise, I can afford to refuse allegiance to Massachusetts, and her right to my property and life.
When, formerly, I have analyzed my partiality for some farm which I had contemplated purchasing, I have frequently found that I was attracted solely by a few square rods of impermeable and unfathomable bog--a natural sink in one corner of it.
As I have said, the average German daily is made up solely of correspondences--a trifle of it by telegraph, the rest of it by mail.
These antics were solely the result of nervous irritation, a mood born of Miss Miranda Sawyer's stiff, grim, and martial attitude.
Not because he earned it,--not because he had any hand in earning it,--not because I owed it to him,--nor because he possessed the slightest shadow of a right to it; but solely because he had the power to compel me to give it up.