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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplainlyplain‧ly /ˈpleɪnli/ ●○○ adverb  1 CLEAR/EASY TO SEEin a way that is easy to understand or recognize Mrs Gorman was plainly delighted. The first part of that argument is plainly true. We could hear Tom’s voice plainly over the noise of the crowd.[sentence adverb] Plainly the laws are not effective.2 HONESTspeaking honestly, and without trying to hide the truth She told him plainly that she had no intention of marrying him.3 SIMPLE/PLAINsimply or without decoration a plainly dressed young girl The room was very plainly furnished.
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plainlyIntervention, both in theory and practice, is plainly an imperfect science.This was plainly an international language.Plainly, an investigation into the tragedy would be necessary.a plainly dressed manIndeed, attempts to reshape the opinions and behaviour of today's toe-happy adults are plainly futile.Mr Ridley plainly has a taste for the weird.Garver was plainly nervous as she began her speech.Understandable as it is, this reaction is plainly not altogether reasonable.The price is marked plainly on the tag.Officials who packed private restaurants, where the bill for dinner exceeded their weekly wage, were plainly on the take.This is as true of theoretical and intellectual activities as of more plainly practical ones.This should have been plainly ridiculous to the Elizabethan audience.Woodard would not say plainly what his plans for the future were.
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