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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAINLY

Opera at both houses had been killed, mainly by the folly of party strife.

Mainly we laid on our backs and talked; we didn't want to go to sleep.

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

That is mainly why I wished to see you—to say good-by, for the time.

The New Englanders were mainly farmers, hunters, and fishermen.

Like every highly cultivated man, he must be mainly self-educated.

What followed was mainly the consequence of his indefatigable constancy.

But I am mainly concerned just now in trying to see facts clearly.

He supported, mainly, his mother and a younger brother and sister.

But these are mainly in outline, with little attempt to achieve tones.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "vigorously," from main (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "especially" is from c.1400; that of "for the most part" is from 1660s.

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