Definition of "basically" [basically]

  • (adverb) In a basic way; fundamentally or essentially: Throughout the ordeal, he remained basically the same.
  • (adverb) For the most part; chiefly: They basically do what they are supposed to.

Use "basically" in a sentence

  • "His use of the term "basically altruistic" is surely intended to be provocative, but what the economist means is that terrorists are often acting out of a desire to help others in their group."
  • "Meanwhile, for now, the critical challenges remain basically the same&#151though I'm very hesitant to say that, and of course "basically" is a big word, really just a hedge against being dead wrong before they even close the casket."
  • "Sarkozy was insulted by a member of the crowd, and with the cameras still rolling muttered, "Casse-toi, pauvre con" -- which basically translates as buzz off, jackass."