adverb pur·pose·ly \-lē\

: in a way that is planned or intended : in a deliberate way

Full Definition of PURPOSELY

:  with a deliberate or express purpose

Examples of PURPOSELY

  1. <the real estate agent purposely withheld information that would have discouraged us from buying the property>

First Known Use of PURPOSELY

15th century


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