ex·​press·​ly | \ ik-ˈspres-lē \

Definition of expressly

1 : in an express manner : explicitly expressly rejected the proposal
2 : for the express purpose : particularly, specifically made expressly for me

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While Milwaukee Public Schools expressly ban student cellphone use, one freshman broke the rules to capture a much more serious crime. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Teacher's Aide Arrested After Choking Student," 22 Apr. 2016 As with the Fed chairman, that statute does not expressly prohibit the president from removing the FBI director at will. Peter Conti-brown, WSJ, "Can Trump Fire Jerome Powell? It’s a Political Question," 10 Dec. 2018 Beyond jeans, the maternity fashion market is quite robust: It’s currently valued at $1 billion, with more than 1,500 brands expressly devoted to maternity clothing, according to a 2018 report, growing 200 percent from 2014 to 2017. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 The practice is not uncommon for high-profile jobs in the public sector, and interviewing job candidates in private is expressly allowed under Oregon's open meeting laws. Elliot Njus,, "TriMet to interview 3 top executive candidates in closed meeting," 10 Jan. 2018 The Executive Order and [legislation] expressly regulate ISPs' provision of service to all customers throughout the State, not just to government customers and contracts. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law," 19 Oct. 2018 This particular hack might not have been expressly political but there’s a long list of platform abuses that were. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook hackers wanted to sell garbage ads not influence votes, claims report," 18 Oct. 2018 The justices held that the executive couldn't seize private property unless expressly granted authority under the Constitution or by Congress. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "What 'The Twilight Zone' has to do with one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in history," 28 Sep. 2018 Products that bear the Good Housekeeping limited warranty Seal, are not manufactured, sold or serviced by Good Housekeeping, unless otherwise expressly indicated. Good Housekeeping, "How the GH Limited Warranty Seal Protects You," 31 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of expressly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ex·​press·​ly | \ ik-ˈspres-lē \

Kids Definition of expressly

: for the stated purpose : especially We came expressly to see her.



Legal Definition of expressly

: in an express manner : in definite and distinct terms acceptance is expressly conditional

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