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Definition of "wholly" []

  • Completely; entirely: "The old American purposes are still wholly relevant” ( John F. Kennedy). (adverb)
  • Exclusively; solely. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wholly" in a sentence
  • "He considered the term wholly wanting in the precision which is desirable in a treaty arrangement, that it was capable of many different degrees of extension, and that the fact of the paramountcy of Great Britain over the new State might be sufficiently established without the use of an ambiguous word which excited the most bitter hostility in the"
  • "On the other hand, the phrase "wholly devoid of government subsidy" would seem to prohibit the offering of a substantial prize to someone deemed successful at answering DARPA's requirements."
  • "A CHEF earned himself a jail sentence when he faced the Townsville Magistrates Court on disqualified and drink-driving charges. was sentenced to three months 'jail, the term wholly suspended for 12 months."