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 However, using numbers is not allowed under those rules, and using pictures, like an emoji or ideogram, in a name is expressly forbidden. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Grimes says she and Elon Musk have tweaked their baby's name," 25 May 2020 However, there are no federal statutes or regulations that expressly forbid private ownership of tigers. Popular Science, "‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade," 8 Apr. 2020 The 52 Cuban doctors arrived after government officials in Lombardy expressly requested their support, and many other professionals from the country are being deployed abroad to help with relief efforts. Sarah Midkiff,, "Doctors From Cuba Are Travelling The World To Help Cities Affected By Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, system personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "You Really Shouldn't Download the FBI's Shady Fitness App," 25 Mar. 2020 That same device could not be repurposed to communicate with another passing vessel should the situation aboard the submarine require it; a different acoustic device must be used, one developed expressly for that purpose. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists draw inspiration from shark skin for novel new smart material," 13 Mar. 2020 The two-paragraph letter did not expressly state the White House's refusal to participate. Jill Colvin,, "White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing — another sign Trump has accepted that he’s likely to be impeached," 6 Dec. 2019 The regionalism of the election was especially prominent in Quebec, a majority French-speaking province where the Bloc Québécois, an expressly regional party which supports Quebec’s sovereignty, won a remarkable 32 seats. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Trudeau Re-election Reveals Intensified Divisions in Canada," 22 Oct. 2019 The Great Pyramid; showing reasons for its sanctity in God’s sight and why it is not mentioned expressly as well as implicitly in Scripture. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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