Origin of namelyME: see name and -ly
An example of namely is someone saying that the cat next door was the one that killed the bird.
A synonymous expression is the use of colon"”":", as in "There are three ways to do it: the right way, the wrong way ..."
Considered a dependent clause, a comma should follow the expression and either a semicolon or comma should precede it, depending on the strength of the break in continuity. "Namely" can thus almost be considered a conjunction.
From name +"Ž -ly.
- At the same time the total ordinary expenditure has increased at a similarly steady rate, namely, from £119,391,000 in 1895 to £202,544,000 in 1905.
- At the council at Fili the prevailing thought in the minds of the Russian commanders was the one naturally suggesting itself, namely, a direct retreat by the Nizhni road.
- 39), namely, that it is the rule of the whole, while oligarchy is the rule of a part only.
- The historian evidently decomposes Alexander's power into the components: Talleyrand, Chateaubriand, and the rest--but the sum of the components, that is, the interactions of Chateaubriand, Talleyrand, Madame de Stael, and the others, evidently does not equal the resultant, namely the phenomenon of millions of Frenchmen submitting to the Bourbons.
- In the 16th century instrumentation was, in its normal modern sense, non-existent; but in a special sense it was at an unsurpassable stage of perfection, namely, in the treatment of pure vocal harmony.