Adverbs That Start With C

An adverb is a part of speech that provides greater description to a verb, adjective, or another adverb. They're noted for their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly. Cautiously is an adverb, but so is something like clockwise. We're at the start of an alphabetical list of adverbs. We began with Adverbs That Start With A, and now we're moving on to 50 of the most popular adverbs that start with C.

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50 Adverbs Starting With C

Below, you'll find 50 C-adverbs in common use today. Beside them is a short and sweet definition, as well as a sampling of synonyms:

Adverb

Definition

Synonym

calmly

in a peaceful manner

quietly, coolly, sedately

carefully

cautiously; painstakingly

scrupulously, cautiously, meticulously

casually

in a relaxed manner

unintentionally, inadvertently, accidentally

cautiously

in a careful manner

carefully, gingerly, tentatively

centrally

equal distance from various points

halfway, midway, in the center

certainly

without doubt

absolutely, hardily, truly

characteristically

in a usual or expected manner

commonly, consistently, generally

cheaply

in a manner that doesn't require a lot of money

economically, inexpensively, frugally

cheerfully

in a joyous manner

gladly, willingly, joyfully

chiefly

most importantly

mainly, particularly, principally

classically

to a standard with a long-established style

traditionally

cleanly

in a way that produces no pollutants

neatly, tidily

clearly

without any doubt

apparently, conspicuously, evidently

cleverly

in a witty manner

intelligently, shrewdly, wittily

clinically

in an analytical manner

analytically, empirically, scientifically

clockwise

in the direction in which the hands of a clock rotate

closely

with little or no space or time in between

almost, barely, nearly

coincidentally

in a way that results from chance

funnily, luckily, serendipitously

collectively

as a group or whole

cooperatively, mutually, unitedly

comfortably

in a physically relaxed way

luxuriously, adequately, easily

commonly

in the usual course of events

customarily, generally, ordinarily

comparatively

to a moderate degree, when compared to something else

relatively, analogously, similarly

competitively

in a manner that's situated for a win

completely

to the fullest extent

wholly, entirely, thoroughly

comprehensively

in a complete or thorough manner

assiduously, carefully, meticulously

conceivably

in a manner that is possible

possibly, imaginably, ostensibly

conclusively

in a decisive manner that can prove a case

finally, convincingly, definitively

concurrently

happening at the same time

jointly, simultaneously, synchronously

confidently

doing something with assurance or fearlessness

positively, assuredly

consciously

in a deliberate and intentional way

purposely, explicitly, knowingly

consecutively

without interruption

successively, continuously, sequentially

consequently

as a result of

ergo, therefore, thereupon

conservatively

something done in keeping with traditional values

quietly, privately, traditionally

considerably

to a degree worth considering

appreciably, greatly, markedly

consistently

in a constant manner; always

usually, always, constantly

conspicuously

something done openly

apparently, clearly, distinctly

constantly

in a steadfast manner

uniformly, continually, invariably

continually

in a non-stop manner

steadily, constantly, frequently

continuously

without pause

constantly, perpetually, relentlessly

conveniently

without difficulty

handily, cleverly, smoothly

conversely

done in an opposite manner or for the opposing side

interchangeably, reciprocally, mutually

convincingly

in a way that causes someone to believe something

satisfactorily, sufficiently, competently

correctly

in the right and proper manner

accurately, justly, perfectly

correspondingly

in an analogous or equivalent way

accordingly, appropriately, respectively

creatively

in an original manner

innovatively, originally, uniquely

criminally

in an illegal manner

naughtily, badly, unethically

critically

in a manner that tends to find fault

unfavorably, adversely, disparagingly

crucially

with vital importance

urgently, essentially, imperatively

curiously

in an unusual way

strangely, uncommonly, surprisingly

currently

at the present time

presently, directly, now

For even more adverbs to add to your lexicon, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!

Using Adverbs Correctly

Did you spot the adverb in the header? "Correctly" is modifying the verb "using." "Using adverbs" works just as well, but adverbs like "correctly" can provide a little more information.

Also, adverbs don't just stand beside verbs. They can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "classically" and "confidently."

We can get a little more specific than simply saying adverbs add intensity or emphasis to other words. Let's take a closer look at what, collectively, they aim to do:

  • Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "cheerfully" describe how something was done.
  • Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "closeby" describe the location of where something happened.
  • Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "concurrently" describe when something took place.
  • Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "closely" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.

For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.

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10 Example Sentences

Let's look at 10 of the above C-adverbs hard at work in sentence form:

  1. He calmly arose from the chair and walked over to her.
  2. She carefully typed the affidavit.
  3. They casually walked into the room.
  4. She cheerfully waved to her neighbor.
  5. Sherlock cleverly solved the mystery.
  6. Monique comfortably walked around town in her new shoes.
  7. They conspicuously held hands in the town square for all to see.
  8. She continually prays for peace.
  9. I have correctly answered all your questions.
  10. She is currently working in Brazil.

Cast New Adverbs

Cast new adverbs into your vocabulary today… with one small stipulation. Although adverbs are enticing intensifiers, it's best to use them cautiously. Too many -ly words can make our writing seem ungainly.

Whenever you can go with a strong verb in lieu of a bland verb and an adverb, go with the strong verb. Otherwise, you can continue to sprinkle them conspicuously throughout your prose, whenever the timing is right!