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expressly

[ik-spres-lee] /ɪkˈsprɛs li/
adverb
1.
for the particular or specific purpose; specially:
I came expressly to see you.
2.
in an express manner; explicitly:
I asked him expressly to stop talking.
Origin of expressly
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at express, -ly
Related forms
unexpressly, adverb
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expressly

/ɪkˈsprɛslɪ/
adverb
1.
for an express purpose; with specific intentions
2.
plainly, exactly, or unmistakably
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Word Origin and History for expressly
adv.

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

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