purposely

adverb pur·pose·ly \ ˈpər-pəs-lē \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of purposely

: with a deliberate or express purpose

Examples of purposely in a Sentence

  1. the real estate agent purposely withheld information that would have discouraged us from buying the property

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First Known Use of purposely

15th century


PURPOSELY Defined for English Language Learners

purposely

Definition of purposely for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that is planned or intended : in a deliberate way


PURPOSELY Defined for Kids

purposely

adverb pur·pose·ly \ ˈpər-pəs-lē \

Definition of purposely for Students

: with a clear or known aim
  • Timothy was not purposely trying to frighten me …; he was just being honest.
  • —Theodore Taylor, The Cay

Law Dictionary

purposely

adverb pur·pose·ly

legal Definition of purposely

: with a deliberate, conscious, or express purpose : intentionally


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