Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 20 02:33:47 UTC 2006

(Pre)eminently does not have the sense I want of forcibly taking
away, depriving one of, any other possibilities.

Like Alison, I *know* there's the perfect word, but I can't locate it.


At 12/19/2006 09:14 PM, you wrote:
>Eminently? Pre-eminently?
>On 12/19/06, Alison Murie <sagehen at> wrote:
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>>Poster:       Alison Murie <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
>>Subject:      Re: Pre-emptively?
>> >I am looking for an adverb that I can use (for example) to precede
>> >"customary" to give the meaning "so customary that no one would ever
>> >think of anything else".  Pre-emptively? presumptively?  Help!
>> >
>> >Thanks,
>> >Joel
>> >
>>We *know* the perfect word's out there floating around, & being
>>irritatingly elusive!  "Blindingly" would be a bit dramatic, I suppose.
>>W stands for >:<  War ____Waste___Wiretaps____Witchhunts  >:<
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