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What's "pure" means in the sentence below?

There are many who must work out of pure economic necessity.

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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt May 31 '12 at 16:24

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Please check a dictionary of your choice first. –  RegDwigнt May 31 '12 at 16:26

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MW gives this definition:

2 a : being thus and no other

I could see how that definition is a little hard to penetrate if you're not familiar with the idea already. The sentence could be reworded as,

There are many who must work for no other reason than economic necessity.

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