I didn't see merely between synonyms of blankly, but base on definition I think they mean the same thing. Is it right?

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    Welcome to ELL. Please provide a context. No words are perfect synonyms but in certain contexts they can be interchangeable, yes.
    – fev
    Dec 28, 2020 at 14:57
  • Thanks, I just wanted to know can they be the same in some places or not. Dec 28, 2020 at 14:59
  • you can edit your question by adding those "some places". "blankly" is more interchangeable with "barely" than with "merely", but this is only guessing without a real context.
    – fev
    Dec 28, 2020 at 15:03
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    "He looked at me blankly". Not a synonym at all. Dec 28, 2020 at 15:11
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    They do not mean the same thing, not even close. I suppose that in certain contexts they might be interchangeable, but it is hard to imagine such a context. Either provide a context or the definitions you are relying on. Dec 28, 2020 at 15:12

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No. There may be occasions when they overlap (though I can't think of any) but their meanings are quite different. Blankly refers to how a person is behaving or appearing; merely is a discourse comment (i.e. it has no objective meaning) about how significant or adequate something is.

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