merely merely  /ˈmɪr li/


  • (adv) and nothing more



  1. Gates merely plugged one into the other, cream-cheesed the waiting bagel and came up with a giant hit.
  2. When the cops started asking questions, Dahmer was able to convince the police that it was merely a lovers' quarrel.
  3. Yet he was unfathomably profound the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed.


  1. Boston holds key to Orlando’s future

    What could prevent the Orlando Magic from taking more baby steps … is merely the formation of the next NBA superpower. That’s all.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  2. 5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't

    The secret to leadership is there aren?t any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a bit of luck. The best leaders have just learned to make certain transitions that less effective ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. All News

    No longer will the deeply loyal Dogwood fans of Aiken be satisfied by merely hitting the board in a classic, or making the lively pace. If the local reaction to the Belmont is any indication, nothing less than a grand triumph will ever be tolerated again.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form


  1. In that order, Obama said pointedly, "the government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract...
    on Jan 22, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. "Not content to merely predict failure in Iraq, my opponent tried to legislate failure," McCain said.
    on Aug 9, 2008 By: John McCain Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. The government lacks "the power to arrest and detain or restrict American citizens for months on end ...... merely because the government wishes to investigate them for possible wrongdoing," Judge Milan Smith, an appointee of former President...
    on Sep 5, 2009 By: Milan Smith Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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affectation affectation
/ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən /