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Secretively vs. Secretly

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Secretivelyadverb

In a secretive manner.

Secretlyadverb

In secret, covertly.

‘Mary cheated secretly in the test, and never got caught.’;

Secretivelyadverb

in a secretive manner; with a preference for secrecy;

‘the teacher raised a hand to him, slightly and secretively, because he was her favorite’;

Secretlyadverb

In a secret manner.

Secretlyadverb

in secrecy; not openly;

‘met secretly to discuss the invasion plans’; ‘the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library’; ‘they arranged to meet in secret’;

Secretlyadverb

not openly; inwardly;

‘they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment’; ‘hoped secretly she would change her mind’;

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