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rough·ly / ˈrəflē/ • adv. 1. in a manner lacking gentleness; harshly or violently: the man picked me up roughly.2. in a manner lacking refinement and precision: people were crouching over roughly built brick fireplaces. ∎  approximately: this is a walk of roughly 13 miles| the narrative is, roughly speaking, contemporary with the earliest of the gospels.