, undoubtedly, indubitably
 "Tonight he faces what is doubtlessly the toughest and loneliest choice of his 13-year stewardship of the Palestine Liberation Organization" (Washington Post). Since doubtless can be an adverb as well as an adjective, there is no need to add -ly to it. Undoubtedly would have been a better choice still because, as the Evanses note, it has a less concessive air. Doubtless usually suggests a tone of reluctance or resignation: "You are doubtless right." Undoubtedly carries more conviction: "You are undoubtedly right." Indubitably is a somewhat jocular synonym for either.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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