Chiefly



[cheef-lee] /ˈtʃif li/

adverb
1.
primarily; essentially:
He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better.
2.
mainly; mostly:
This dish consists chiefly of noodles.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or like a :
his chiefly responsibilities.
/ˈtʃiːflɪ/
adverb
1.
especially or essentially; above all
2.
in general; mainly; mostly
adjective
3.
of or relating to a chief or chieftain
adv.

“pre-eminently,” mid-14c., from chief + -ly (2). Adjectival meaning “pertaining to a chief” is from 1870 (from -ly (1)).

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