[ UK /kˈænɪli/ ]
  1. with foresight
    more presciently than they superiors, these workers grasped the economic situation
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How To Use cannily In A Sentence

  • It's new, but cannily designed with a heavy dose of retro.
  • Orlean's experiences with poultry-keeping are uncannily similar to mine; her crowing "hen" is Laura, ours was Loretta. Jan Brett's Weekend House
  • She cannily concealed her delight at his suggestion.
  • Toward the middle of her 1928 novel Quicksand, Nella Larsen thematizes her authorial relation to the literary past in a scene that uncannily adumbrates the future demise of her career.
  • Rather worryingly, one of the drivers I heard this afternoon sounded uncannily like a BBC continuity announcer I know.
  • But as boss of Securitas for 13 years, he has cannily plotted the group's growth by acquisition, first across Europe, then through America, doing things his own idiosyncratic way.
  • He was unapproachable, sometimes rude, always sarcastic, but it was also clear that he was uncannily observant.
  • Uncannily, Wakefield ‘had contrived, or rather he had happened, to dissever himself from the world - to vanish - to give up his place and privileges with living men, without being admitted among the dead’.
  • Sporadic heavy-handedness aside, the film works nicely both as a character drama and a cannily miniaturized epic, a modestly scaled but undeniably affecting fable with lingering moral heft.
  • The film does not purport to be a documentary, but its depiction of the events of January 30 1972 is uncannily accurate.
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