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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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 Federal tax law doesn’t expressly address whether foundations, tax-exempt and set up with charitable missions, can lend money to their officers’ business associates. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "Pistachio Billionaires’ Foundation Lends Millions to Business Associates," 28 June 2018 Health officials, who argued that the amendment did not expressly authorize smoking and that the state had broad leeway to regulate medical marijuana use, immediately filed an appeal, which put an automatic stay on Gievers’ May 25 ruling. Dara Kam,, "Smokable medical pot patients must wait, court decides," 18 June 2018 Representing the village of Deerfield, Attorney Christopher Wilson said state lawmakers expressly permitted future amendments to local laws passed within the window and required that municipalities notify Illinois State Police of changes. Karen Berkowitz,, "Judge temporarily blocks Deerfield assault weapons ban, which was to take effect today," 13 June 2018 Last month, Apple began expressly prohibiting app makers from selling address book information to other companies without permission. Washington Post,, "Lawmakers press Apple and Google on how they track and listen to smartphone users," 9 July 2018 Few laws expressly prohibit a business from refusing service to a customer because of political views. Mary Jordan,, "Shaming and shunning of public officials is no longer off limits," 25 June 2018 Any access to or use of the Site by anyone under 13 is expressly prohibited., "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 Over the past few months, his team has released a blueprint that floated various ideas, although none expressly included a dictum that drug companies would lower prices. Ed Silverman, STAT, "He can shame Pfizer and others, but Trump doesn’t have a practical way to lower drug prices," 9 July 2018

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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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to express warning or disapproval

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