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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


From basic + -ally (Wiktionary)



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  • I hear it misused a lot as "mostly".

    December 13, 2006

  • I just love the comedic value of this one what you tack it onto some other adjective. The meal wasn't just inedible, it was *basically* inedible: inedible at its most basic level.

    December 13, 2006

  • Worst misused word, ever.

    December 9, 2006