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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the country.
2. Of or relating to people who live in the country: rural households.
3. Of or relating to farming; agricultural.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rūrālis, from rūs, rūr-, country; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.]

ru′ral·ly adv.
Synonyms: rural, bucolic, rustic, pastoral
These adjectives all mean of or typical of the country as distinguished from the city. Rural applies to sparsely settled or agricultural country: "I do love quiet, rural England" (George Meredith).
Bucolic is often used pejoratively or facetiously of country people or their manners: "The keenest of bucolic minds felt a whispering awe at the sight of the gentry" (George Eliot).
Rustic frequently suggests a lack of sophistication or elegance, but it may also connote artless and pleasing simplicity: "some rustic phrases which I had learned at the farmer's house" (Jonathan Swift).
The hiker slept in a charming, rustic cottage. Pastoral, which evokes the image of shepherds, sheep, and verdant countryside, suggests serenity: The train passed through pastoral landscapes.
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Adv.1.rurally - in a rural manner
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Her life was rurally simple, quite free from secrets either foul, dangerous, or otherwise important, and not consciously affected by the great affairs of the world.
"He wanted to live more rurally, like what he was used to," Christa said.
EU citizens, voluntary organisations, the business community, people living rurally and older people were also among those represented.
"The NDC Risk Factor Collaboration challenges us to create programmes and policies that are rurally focused to prevent weight gain", Popkin said.
"Rurally, it's easier because you engage with communities at the local level.
Borderlines Film Festival was established in 2003 as part of an Advantage West Midlands Creative Industries project to develop cinema audiences and to support regional and local film production in the rurally isolated counties of Herefordshire and Shropshire.
"The statistic - that if you have cancer and live rurally anywhere in the world you are five per cent less likely to survive it - is quite stark.
During the first century of the Industrial Revolution from its birth in the 1780s, Britain moved from a largely rurally based society to one that was 80% urban, with much of the population immigrating from rural areas to work in heavy industries and manufacturing.
I built these relationships to ease the loneliness of living rurally, and having parents who forbade involvement in extracurricular activities.
"This demonstrates the scale of employment this sector creates rurally. The sharp decline in pubs is worrying."