- basicallyhas developed in the 20c from a specific meaning ‘essentially, fundamentally’, to a more or less meaningless sentence filler comparable to actually and really:
• Basically, I feel great, except for fatigue —M. Ali, 1987
• Basically I see myself as a frank individual —Saul Bellow, 1988
• I think it basically comes down to the language barrier —Observer Sport Magazine 2004.This should be avoided in written English that aims to be precise and succinct.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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basically — ► ADVERB 1) fundamentally. 2) in fact; essentially: I basically did the same thing every day … English terms dictionary
basically — (adv.) 1903, from BASIC (Cf. basic) (q.v.) … Etymology dictionary
basically — [adv] fundamentally at heart, at the bottom, essentially, firstly, in essence, inherently, in substance, intrinsically, mostly, primarily, radically; concept 568 Ant. additionally, extra, inessentially … New thesaurus
basically — [[t]be͟ɪsɪkli[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use basically for emphasis when you are stating an opinion, or when you are making an important statement about something. This gun is designed for one purpose it s basically to kill … English dictionary
basically — ba|sic|ally S1 [ˈbeısıkli] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] spoken used to emphasize the most important reason or fact about something, or a simple explanation of something ▪ Basically, I m just lazy. ▪ Well, basically, it s a matter of filling in a few … Dictionary of contemporary English
basically — adverb Date: 1903 1. a. at a basic level ; in fundamental disposition or nature < basically correct > < basically, they are simple people > b. for the most part < they basically play zone defense > … New Collegiate Dictionary
basically — ba|si|cally [ beısıkli ] adverb ** 1. ) used for saying that you are talking about the most important aspects of something and not mentioning the specific details: The book is basically a love story. Basically, their goal is to promote healthier… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
basically */*/ — UK [ˈbeɪsɪklɪ] / US adverb 1) used for saying that you are talking about the most important aspects of something and not mentioning the specific details The book is basically a love story. Basically, their goal is to promote healthier eating… … English dictionary
basically — adv. Basically is used with these adjectives: ↑conservative, ↑correct, ↑dishonest, ↑evil, ↑factual, ↑healthy, ↑identical, ↑intact, ↑meaningless, ↑non existent, ↑same, ↑ … Collocations dictionary
basically*/ — [ˈbeɪsɪkli] adv 1) in the most important aspects, without thinking about the specific details The book is basically a love story.[/ex] 2) spoken used for emphasizing the most important point or idea in what you are saying Basically, you should… … Dictionary for writing and speaking English