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Mentally \Men"tal*ly\, adv. In the mind; in thought or meditation; intellectually; in idea.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from mental + -ly (2).


adv. in a mental manner; an idea thought out in one's mind, as opposed to an idea spoken orally.


adv. in your mind; "he suffered mentally"

Usage examples of "mentally".

She swore mentally at them, sure they were doing it on purpose to annoy her.

The mamuti, anticipating the need for explanations to relieve the anxieties caused by this startling innovation, had mentally searched the theoretical construct of their metaphysical world for answers that would satisfy.

Considering what they shall mostly do here, it would be better for them mentally as well as physically if they arrived naked, ready for their very different new life.

For those situations in which these measures prove inadequate, chemists have produced a stunning array of drugs to control the mind, such as those to enable people to relax, to become mentally aroused and alert, to sleep, to relieve anxiety, to overcome depression, to counteract attentional disorders, to improve the memory, and to experience euphoria, bliss, and even alleged mystical states of consciousness.

Her daughter returned her glance, and then the elder lady paused again, and simply began to smile at Bernard, who recognized in her glance that queer little intimation--shy and cautious, yet perfectly discernible-- of a desire to have a private understanding with what he felt that she mentally termed his better nature, which he had more than once perceived at Baden-Baden.

As he had viewed earlier and now mentally envisioned, her round breasts were ivory hued, crowned with delicate pink, definitely exquisite enough to bestir his rutting instincts.

He had blacked out mentally and driven the bulldozer some place where he could black out physically?

He leaped down from the bulldozer, dropped to his knees and began examining the floor, while Kujawa watched with the gloomy expression of someone who has just watched a friend carted off to a home for the mentally bewildered.

In Longsaddle, where prejudice was secondary to the fanatical curiosity of the unsinkable Harpells, he had been placed on display like some mutated farm animal, mentally poked and prodded.

Her head buried against his chest, she tried to mentally explain to her heart that two hundred beats a minute was probably overdoing it, when Tim put her back on her feet, held her loosely locked inside his arms.

SA 29, she remained a power behind the other Keepers, committing the crime of possessing them mentally and overshadowing them physically.

He frequently offered him a glass of whiskey or pale ale in the steamer bar-room, which Passepartout never failed to accept with graceful alacrity, mentally pronouncing Fix the best of good fellows.

Most of these people were not even mentally unwell, but their tendency to choke at dinner time meant that the piece of medical equipment he had used most was not a stethoscope or a thermometer but a probang, an instrument for pushing stuck food down the oesophagus, something he had been instructed to carry at all times.

Peter Navenby to be his guests at the Opera one evening, mentally holding his sister Louisa and her prosy son in reserve, in case Augusta should spurn his invitation.

After a while she began puzzling and mentally shearing off his beard and shortening and restyling his hair.