ex·​press·​ly ik-ˈspres-lē How to pronounce expressly (audio)
: in an express manner : explicitly
expressly rejected the proposal
: for the express purpose : particularly, specifically
made expressly for me

Examples of expressly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of them died on streets where the city and its infrastructure expressly allow drivers to travel at lethal speeds. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 8 May 2024 While there are theories about why the episode was banned from Disney Plus in America, the reason why was never made expressly clear. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for expressly 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expressly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Expressly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​press·​ly ik-ˈspres-lē How to pronounce expressly (audio)
: so as to be absolutely clear : explicitly
was expressly forbidden to smoke
: for the express purpose : especially
came expressly to congratulate her

Legal Definition


: in an express manner : in definite and distinct terms
acceptance is expressly conditional

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