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 Loop sneaker before it, the anorak is both made of recycled material and is expressly designed to be sent back to Adidas at the end of its life for recycling. Alden Wicker, Wired, "Do You Like My Jacket? Thanks, It's Recyclable," 22 Apr. 2021 Grandma pizza, in other words, might have been expressly designed for the pandemic. New York Times, "Building Pizzas That Can Survive the Box," 8 Mar. 2021 One measure expressly bans all outside funding that could be used to assist election officials. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Benson analysis blasts GOP elections bills, secretary says lawmakers 'embarrass all of us'," 21 Apr. 2021 Based on the plain language of the ICCTA, the Court determined that the 1954 Agreement between the city and the railroad is expressly preempted. Dallas News, "Union Pacific closing East Texas repair facility, eliminating up to 57 jobs," 16 Apr. 2021 The administration expressly declined to link the latest sanctions and expulsions of Russian diplomats undertaken Thursday to the bounty reports. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Intelligence Was Limited That Russia Offered Bounties on U.S. Troops, White House Says," 15 Apr. 2021 For the reasons expressed in Noem, the appellate court concluded that IGRA does not expressly preempt the state’s excise tax. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, "Native Americans And State Taxes: Not For The Faint Of Heart," 15 Apr. 2021 According to the press release, Stretch is the company’s first robot designed expressly for use in warehouse facilities and distribution centers. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Boston Dynamics’ new robot is incredibly good at a very simple task," 29 Mar. 2021 The fish are part of the half-million trout the state will grow at its five hatcheries and then release into lakes, ponds, rivers and streams across Massachusetts this spring, expressly so they can be caught by fishermen., "The trout bums are waiting," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of expressly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expressly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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