pur·pose·ly | \ˈpər-pəs-lē \

Definition of purposely 

: with a deliberate or express purpose

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Examples of purposely in a Sentence

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

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And there’s films like 500 Days of Summer (2009), which are aware of the rails on which romcoms normally run and purposely run off of them. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 There are multiple rooms that visitors need to navigate which include workstations and stored parts on display, (purposely) dingy hallways, and two pre-show presentations. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal's Virtual Line revamps queues for attractions," 13 June 2018 Investigators believe second-floor resident Thomas Kim purposely set a fire to draw the firefighters there. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "77-year-old resident arrested after firefighter shot and killed at retirement home in Long Beach," 26 June 2018 The Helms hadn't purposely set out to create a fire-safety zone. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: An untold story from the day 19 firefighters died," 23 June 2018 The federal government’s definition of bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "After Santa Fe School Shooting, Texas Town Grapples With Bullying," 29 May 2018 Its designers purposely aim for buyers ages 19-39, said Aaron Stich, creative designer of Buick Interiors. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "The GM brand that nearly died and the unlikely buyers saving it," 27 June 2018 Authorities allege Buchanan purposely waited before alerting the mother and police, the news station said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 12 July 2018 The humanitarian wing of the party would prefer a more lenient approach to those risking their lives to reach Italian shores, but the party’s leadership has been purposely vague on the issue, preferring to leave the migration issue to others. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Five Things to Know About Italy's Populist Coalition Government," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of purposely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purposely

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


pur·pose·ly | \ˈpər-pəs-lē \

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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