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Definition of earthly adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1(literary) connected with life on earth and not with any spiritual life earthly desires the sorrows of this earthly life
  2. 2(often used in questions and negatives for emphasis) possible There's no earthly reason why you shouldn't go. What earthly difference is my opinion going to make? He didn't have an earthly chance of getting the job.
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