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Language: Old English
Origin: -lic, -lice


1 [in adverbs] in a particular way:
She smiled happily.
He was walking slowly.
2 [in adverbs] considered in a particular way:
Politically speaking it was a rather unwise remark.
a financially sound proposal
3 [in adjectives and adverbs] happening at regular periods of time:
an hourly check (=done every hour)
They visit monthly (=once every month).
4 [in adjectives] like a particular thing in manner, nature, or appearance:
with queenly grace
a motherly woman (=showing the love, kindness etc of a mother)

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