Before you peruse today's list of alternatives, I'd like to thank Kelly Polark for letting Anansi hang out at her place!
Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.
Today's word is:
When I first started putting this list together I didn't think there were going to be as many synonyms as there are. I realize most of them end in the dreaded "ly", BUT, at least you now have a bit of variety which, for the most part, isn't a bad thing.
Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.
ab initio, above/above all, aborigine, about, ab ovo, a fortiori, all in all, all the more, all things considered, almost always, almost entirely, altogether, approximately, as a rule, as a whole, as an approximation, as per usual, as things go, as usual, at first, at large, at the start
basically, before everything, better, broadly, broadly speaking, by and large
capitally, centrally, commandingly, commonly, consummately, customarily
effectually, eminently, especially, essentially, even/evenso
first, first and foremost, first of all, first thing, firstly, for the most part, frequently, from the beginning
generally, generally speaking
in chief, incompletely, indeed, in general, initially, in particular, in the beginning, in the first place, in the main
mainly, masterly, maximally, more or less, more than ever, most/mostly, most often, much
naturally, near/nearly, never so, next to, nigh, no end, normally, normatively
on balance, on the whole, ordinarily, originally, overall
paramountly, partially, particularly, partly, peculiarly, plus or minus, practically, predominantly, prescriptively, prevailingly, primarily, primo, principally,
rather, regally, regularly, roughly/roughly speaking, routinely
signally, some/somewhat, sovereignly, speaking generally, still more, substantially, superiorly, substantially, supremely
to be expected, typically
In New Zealand there is a true story of how a CHIEFLY sword became a symbol of peace.
Chiefly isn't a word I use much. How about you? I'm more apt to use, indeed.