Definition of honestly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈänəstlē/


1In a truthful, fair, or honorable way: he’d come by the money honestly
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  • Would you trust this man to behave fairly, honestly, and ethically in his portfolio?
  • He had reached a wrong conclusion, but there was every indication that he had come to this decision honestly and honourably.
  • We would do better to deal honestly with what they have shown us than to criticize them for speaking the truth without love.
fairly, lawfully, legally, legitimately, honorably, decently, ethically, in good faith, by the book;
openly, on the level, aboveboard
2Used to emphasize the sincerity of an opinion, belief, or feeling: she honestly believed that she was making life easier for Jack
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  • I sincerely and honestly regret everything that happened.
  • I found the images truly sickening and I honestly could not believe that you would decide to publish them.
  • I honestly believe that it wasn't just an attack on America, although it happened here in America.
really, frankly, actually, seriously, to be honest, to tell you the truth, to be frank, in all honesty, in all sincerity
informal Scout's honor
2.1 [sentence adverb] Used to emphasize the sincerity or truthfulness of a statement: honestly, darling, I’m not upset
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  • Quite honestly, I don't like to go into those situations until everything is at least settled down.
  • It's not that hard, quite honestly, for these guys to stay out of trouble.
  • I'm sure there's a load of stuff I'm supposed to be doing today, but quite honestly I can't remember what it was.
2.2 [sentence adverb] Used to indicate the speaker’s disapproval, annoyance, or impatience: honestly, that man is the absolute limit!
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  • Oh, honestly! Could my day possibly be more boring?
  • Oh honestly, was that really necessary?
  • Honestly, did you have to tell everyone?
for heaven's sake, for goodness' sake, for Pete's sake, really, sheesh, jeepers

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Syllabification: hon·est·ly

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