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

  Plainly \Plain"ly\, adv.
     In a plain manner; clearly.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for
             `plainly'); "the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in
             bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too
             important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all
             patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here
             for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but
             apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain
             stubborn" [syn: obviously, evidently, manifestly,
             patently, apparently, plainly, plain]
      2: in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment;
         "she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply" [syn:
         plainly, simply]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "plainly":
     all joking aside, alone, aloud, apparently, apprehensibly,
     articulately, artlessly, audibly, barely, bluffly, bluntly,
     broadly, brusquely, candidly, casually, clearly, coherently,
     commonly, commonplacely, comprehensibly, conspicuously, definitely,
     directly, discernibly, distinctly, en famille, evidently,
     exclusively, explicitly, expressly, familiarly, frankly, genuinely,
     glaringly, guilelessly, in all conscience, in all seriousness,
     in plain English, in plain terms, in plain words, informally,
     ingenuously, intelligibly, just, limpidly, lucidly, manifestly,
     markedly, matter-of-factly, merely, naturally, noticeably,
     observably, obviously, offhand, offhandedly, only, openheartedly,
     openly, ordinarily, out, out loud, outspokenly, palpably, patently,
     pellucidly, perceivably, perceptibly, perspicuously,
     plain-spokenly, point-blank, prominently, pronouncedly,
     prosaically, purely, recognizably, relaxedly, roundly,
     sans ceremonie, seeably, simply, simply and solely, sincerely,
     singly, solely, staringly, starkly, straightforwardly,
     to the point, unaffectedly, unambiguously, unassumingly,
     unceremoniously, unconcealedly, unconstrainedly, understandably,
     undisguisedly, unequivocally, unmistakably, unofficially,
     unreservedly, unrestrainedly, visibly, with clarity,
     with no nonsense, without ceremony

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