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[ik-spres-lee] /ɪkˈsprɛs li/
for the particular or specific purpose; specially:
I came expressly to see you.
in an express manner; explicitly:
I asked him expressly to stop talking.
Origin of expressly
1350-1400; Middle English; see express, -ly
Related forms
unexpressly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The mathematical sciences Plato has expressly excluded from philosophy.

  • But with English possession of the colony it was expressly prohibited.

    The Negro at Work in New York City George Edmund Haynes
  • This tenure is expressly excepted from the statute, 12 Charles II., by which the other ancient tenures were destroyed.

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  • The lady-housekeeper is expressly called in one story Dame Holle.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • This, however, is not expressly asserted in the narrative, but may be gathered from the term εφιμωθη (he was speechless) in ver.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
British Dictionary definitions for expressly


for an express purpose; with specific intentions
plainly, exactly, or unmistakably
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Word Origin and History for expressly

late 14c., "in detail, plainly," from express + -ly (2). Meaning "for the express purpose" is c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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