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

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Some of the donors don’t appear to fit the bill of a top officer expressly prohibited from donating. Dominic Fracassa,, "Breed 2018 campaign probed for possible campaign finance violations," 19 Aug. 2019 Unless the person expressly asks for critiques on their body, your opinion on it is irrelevant and unwelcome. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Being Body-Shamed by Trolls Comparing Her Butt to a "Full Diaper"," 17 Aug. 2019 In 1965 Lamborghini partnered with Italian coach maker Zagato, considered at the time to be the best in the world, to create a prototype car expressly for that year’s London Motor Show. Dennis L Taylor, The Mercury News, "Rare Lamborghini turns heads at Pebble Beach’s Tour d’Elegance," 16 Aug. 2019 Recently, the Second Circuit has affirmed BMI is permitted to engage in any activity that is not expressly prohibited by the consent decree. Ed Christman, Billboard, "'An Edifice Whose Foundation Has Eroded': Inside ASCAP and BMI's DOJ Comments on WW2-Era Consent Decrees," 12 Aug. 2019 The Final Warning included a directive not to have any interaction with any medical residents or fellows unless expressly authorized to do so. Jennifer Edwards Baker,, "World-renowned surgeon sues UC, alleges retaliation, sex & military discrimination," 2 Aug. 2019 These are captive facilities that cater expressly to cameras. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 The bill also proposes capping content at three minutes of scroll time, unless a user expressly requests more. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Why Senator Josh Hawley wants to kill your Snapstreak," 30 July 2019 For example, while the 1996 Act expressly authorizes preemption with respect to certain types of state regulation of telecommunications services... the Act includes no similar provision regarding information services. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota," 10 Sep. 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 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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