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 for merely
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Merely \Mere"ly\, adv.
     1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
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              Ulysses was to force forth his access,
              Though merely naked.                  --Chapman.
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     2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
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              Prize not your life for other ends
              Than merely to oblige your friends.   --Swift.
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     Syn: Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  merely
      adv 1: and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a
             matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child";
             "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: merely, simply,
             just, only, but]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "merely":
     after a fashion, alone, appreciably, at any rate, at best,
     at bottom, at least, at most, at the least, at the most,
     at the outside, at worst, barely, basically, but, comparatively,
     detectably, entirely, essentially, exclusively, fairly,
     fundamentally, in a manner, in a way, in part, in some measure,
     incompletely, integrally, irreducibly, just, leastwise, mildly,
     moderately, modestly, not comprehensively, not exhaustively, only,
     part, partially, partly, plainly, pro tanto, purely, relatively,
     scarcely, simply, simply and solely, singly, so far, solely,
     somewhat, thus far, to a degree, to some degree, tolerably,
     totally, unanalyzably, undividedly, visibly, wholly
  
  

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