plainly - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    in a way that is easy to see, hear, notice etc

    Her voice is trembling – I can hear it quite plainly.

    The barracks were plainly visible on the hillside.

  2. 2
    in a direct and honest way, without trying to hide anything

    Speak plainly and no one will misunderstand you.

  3. 3
    if something is plainly true, wrong, necessary etc, it is obvious that it is true, wrong etc

    Something was plainly wrong.

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  4. 4
    without a lot of decoration

    She was always plainly dressed, in a way that gave her an air of elegance.

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