Definitions of plainly

  1.   unmistakably (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly'); " the answer is obviously wrong"; " she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; " he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; " it is all patently nonsense".
  2.   In a plain manner; clearly.
  3.   unmistakably; " the answer is obviously wrong"; " she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; " he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; " it is all patently nonsense"; " she has apparently been living here for some time"; " I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; " You are plainly wrong"; (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly' as in" he is plain stubborn")
  4.   In a plain manner; fairly; clearly; not obscurely.
  5.   In a plain manner.
  6.   in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment; " she was dressed plainly"; " they lived very simply"

Quotes of plainly

  1. I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it. – Henri Bergson
  2. There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true. – Niels Bohr
  3. I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word. – John Nelson Darby
  4. And you yourself always be seated at the middle fo the high table that your presence as lord or lady may appear openly to all, and that you may plainly see on either side all the service and all the faults. – Robert Grosseteste
  5. The Constitution gives the president the power to appoint, upon the advice and consent of a majority of the Senate, and it plainly does not give a minority of senators any right to interfere with that process. – John Jay Hooker
  6. Love is a quicksilver word; though you see plainly where it is, you have only to put your finger on it to find that it is not there but someplace else. – Morton Hunt
  7. The reason Ronald Reagan gets slammed for having so badly exacerbated the problem of deficit spending is that he so plainly deserves it. – Daniel Keys Moran
  8. Westminster Abbey, the Tower, a steeple, one church, and then another, presented themselves to our view; and we could now plainly distinguish the high round chimneys on the tops of the houses, which yet seemed to us to form an innumerable number of smaller spires, or steeples. – Karl Philipp Moritz
  9. Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is, that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. – George Haven Putnam
  10. It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly that the perfection of art consists. – John Ruskin
  11. Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  12. And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. – Alice Walker

Usage examples for plainly

  1. But no matter what had happened, I saw my duty plainly before me. ” – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton
  2. “ Hicks was plainly disturbed by the question. ” – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  3. Archie declared that he did see it very plainly – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  4. More plainly please Mr. Ian! ” – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  5. And he plainly did not even hate her. ” – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. She could see plainly how he had suffered. ” – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  7. Plainly then, I do not see these circumstances as you see them. ” – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  8. And, some day- I am speaking very plainly because I am a dying woman, and dying people can speak the direct truth- some day I want you to give a woman your heart; I want you to take her hands in your hands; I want you to find the happiness, which, for my sake, you have missed in all these years. ” – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  9. “ I am sure that there is none;- and therefore it is that I tell you my opinion so plainly – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  10. But plainly this is going too far. ” – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  11. Young Mr. Daunt plainly knew what he was talking about. ” – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  12. Let me speak plainly my dear. ” – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  13. “ I see the worst plainly – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  14. You can hear them very plainly – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers
  15. If you will tell me plainly what you want, I shall listen to you; but if not, I will go up- stairs and put away Freddy's things. ” – The Doctor's Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  16. Why had he not the courage to go to Michael and say plainly what he thought? ” – The Nether World by George Gissing
  17. The whole thing showed plainly where the difficulty lay at the night- school. ” – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  18. Madame, in fact, asked me to advise her by return of the state of the Vicomte's health, and plainly told me that if business matters were worrying him she would return to Paris without delay. ” – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  19. He saw one thing plainly – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  20. “ " Yes- that was the way you treated me," Miss Cookham as plainly replied. ” – The Finer Grain by Henry James