Part of speech: adverb

Same as FIRST.

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Usage examples "firstly":

  1. He petitioned to be spared it, on the plea, firstly, that it expressed want of confidence; secondly, that it took him in the stomach. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. The different stages succeeding each other would be most likely as follows- firstly, the master having been commissioned by a wealthy patron to make of his best pattern and highest finish a quartet of instruments, he would take from his store of choice pine and sycamore, which he had taken so much trouble and skill in collecting together, such pieces that appeared to him suitable for the instruments to be constructed. - "Antonio Stradivari", Horace William Petherick.
  3. Firstly: We bind ourselves to resist all such laws as may in any degree interfere with the reasonable, intellectual, and spiritual freedom of man or woman. - "Temporal Power", Marie Corelli.