from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a basic way; fundamentally or essentially: Throughout the ordeal, he remained basically the same.
- adv. For the most part; chiefly: They basically do what they are supposed to.
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- adv. in a fundamental, essential or basic manner
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
His use of the term "basically altruistic" is surely intended to be provocative, but what the economist means is that terrorists are often acting out of a desire to help others in their group.
Meanwhile, for now, the critical challenges remain basically the samethough I'm very hesitant to say that, and of course "basically" is a big word, really just a hedge against being dead wrong before they even close the casket.
Sarkozy was insulted by a member of the crowd, and with the cameras still rolling muttered, "Casse-toi, pauvre con" -- which basically translates as buzz off, jackass.
Now, the dialect is a little tricky here, but it basically translates as:
It's all far too boring and ridiculous to go into, but basically it's overheating pretty much constantly, and all signs are pointing to something head-gaskety, which in case you don't know basically translates as "horrendously expensive".
One week of that I spent visiting my Mum "up north" as we Canadians like to say -- it basically translates as "more northerly, colder and uncivilized than where I am currently located... suckaz", but other than that I don't have much of an excuse.
The term basically means 'uttering to the public' and is capable of the widest application.
The name basically nailed it for us, says Andy Greenhouse, director of the Lost Picture Show, a replica of a classical picture house enclosed in a festival-ready tent, agrees.
The 'adverse event rate' basically translates as "how many procedures have gone wrong?"
"The term basically means that we are a very flexible force,"