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Meaning & Definition of Plainly in English





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"
  • obviously,
  • evidently,
  • manifestly,
  • patently,
  • apparently,
  • plainly,
  • plain

2. In a simple manner

  • Without extravagance or embellishment
  • "She was dressed plainly"
  • "They lived very simply"
  • plainly,
  • simply

Examples of using

I'm a plain dealer, I look on life plainly, I think plainly, I speak plainly.
Stop beating around the bush and tell me plainly what you want from me.