ex·​press·​ly | \ ik-ˈspres-lē How to pronounce expressly (audio) \

Definition of expressly

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

Examples of expressly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report noted that of the five services, only Twitter and TikTok have policies that expressly prohibit deadnaming and misgendering. Todd Spangler, Variety, 13 July 2022 This subconsciously and expressly justifies the sale in the mind of the potential client. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Republican state lawmakers have fast-tracked a fall ballot measure that would expressly prohibit noncitizens from voting in local elections. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 White House officials rejected Hogan’s assertion Wednesday, saying that its testing contracts expressly prohibit the companies from taking tests away from state and local governments. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 As part of the acquisition deal, Musk is expressly forbidden from saying negative things about Twitter and its employees. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Arlington and other counties and cities in Virginia are limited by the Dillon Rule, which requires the county to seek permission from Richmond for any powers they are not already expressly granted. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2022 Although her supervisor expressly forbids it, Cara agrees to get in contact with an Icelandic researcher who might help Gavin discover his submerged roots. Wired, 13 July 2022 The Lanham Act expressly protects fair use from liability for trademark infringement and dilution. Hailey Lennon, Forbes, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expressly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Aug 2022

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“Expressly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for expressly


ex·​press·​ly | \ ik-ˈspres-lē How to pronounce expressly (audio) \

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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