Learner's definition of HONESTLY
[more honestly; most honestly]
1 a : without cheating or lying : in an honest way
b : in a genuine way : without pretending
Officials counted the votes honestly.
The bank has always dealt honestly with me.
I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today.
He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made.
2 — used to stress that a statement is true 3 informal — used to express annoyance or disapproval