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
PURPOSELY Defined for Kids


adverb pur·pose·ly \ˈpər-pəs-lē\

Definition of PURPOSELY for Kids

:  with a clear or known aim <Timothy was not purposely trying to frighten me … ; he was just being honest. — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>


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