pur·​pose·​ly | \ ˈpər-pəs-lē How to pronounce purposely (audio) \

Definition of purposely

: with a deliberate or express purpose

Examples of purposely in a Sentence

the real estate agent purposely withheld information that would have discouraged us from buying the property
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes the history of a DuPage forest preserve is simply forgotten, but other times it is purposely kept secret. Jordan Countryman, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 Other times, the more painful parts of labor and delivery are purposely kept quiet from expectant parents as to not spark fear. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 According to the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, an online survey of more than 33,000 people around the world, 56% of respondents believe that business leaders are purposely trying to be misleading by stating falsehoods. Lynda Silsbee, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The family of the child had claimed the boy had been a target of bullying and that another child purposely threw a lit tennis ball that had been soaked in gasoline. Hartford Courant, 10 June 2022 The cabins are all equipped with heated floors, wifi, and central cooling/heating units, but there are purposely no televisions to encourage guests to fully indulge into the natural environment. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 6 June 2022 The berms match and are purposely unmarked, to discourage those without a legitimate reason to know where the bodies once lay. Elizabeth Williamson, The Atlantic, 2 June 2022 Their time and attention is stolen from them, they're financially exploited, and are purposely socialized to adopt gambling-like behaviors. David Meyer, Fortune, 2 June 2022 California, Washington, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and New York have passed bills banning PFAS from being purposely added to food packaging, according to the advocacy group Safer States. Michael Casey, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of purposely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Purposely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purposely. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for purposely


pur·​pose·​ly | \ ˈpər-pəs-lē How to pronounce purposely (audio) \

Kids Definition of purposely

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



Legal Definition of purposely

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

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