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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHIEFLY

But spring is not all of life, nor what at once chiefly concerns us.

Lastly, and chiefly, a mind turned to what is just and good.

I revert, then, to my statement that God's relation to punishment is chiefly verbal.

There were two factors that chiefly influenced her decision.

"Chiefly by not doing and not expecting too much at first," said M'Leod.

I heard much more about it, in detail, this evening, chiefly from Mr. Stewart.

The talk was chiefly about our coming trip--a very serious undertaking.

But this language is not merely, nor, perhaps, chiefly retrospective.

In this country the gallows is chiefly remarkable for the number of persons who escape it.

If it was mainly invented by Wheatstone, it was chiefly introduced by Cooke.

WORD ORIGIN

"pre-eminently," mid-14c., from chief + -ly (2). Adjectival meaning "pertaining to a chief" is from 1870 (from -ly (1)).

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