Namely and Specifically


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Namely adverb – That is to say.
Usage example: there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me

Specifically is a synonym for namely in specific topic. In some cases you can use "Specifically" instead an adverb "Namely", when it comes to topics like emphasis, that is to say, that is.
Synonyms for Namely


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Specifically adverb – In regard to something mentioned explicitly or in detail.
Namely is a synonym for specifically in specific topic. You can use "Namely" instead an adverb "Specifically", if it concerns topics such as emphasis. popular alternative
Nearby Words: specific, specification, specificity
Synonyms for Specifically

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / X-Men It is never explained what exactly it's doing to so specifically alter a person's genome (namely, activating the latent X-gene in normals).
    Source: Film / X-Men
  • Namely, Nagisa and Tomoyo cameo as Kagami's college classmates, and later, Kagami watches an episode of the series (specifically, a scene in which Fuuko gives Sunohara a starfish).
  • Clark Kent Outfit Superman is the Trope Namer, as his alter ego, Clark Kent, is modeled specifically for this purpose; namely, a spineless man (with glasses, of course) to hide his superhuman strength.
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