[pur-puh s-fuh l]
- having a purpose.
- determined; resolute.
- full of meaning; significant.
Origin of purposeful
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Examples from the Web for purposefully
“I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can,” Booker told me in a phone interview.Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
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The device itself and connecting app was purposefully designed to be simple.Are We Turning Our Babies Into Real Life Tamagotchis?
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She details the time Biggs purposefully hit on her friend, Simone, to determine her loyalty in “Chicks Before Dicks.”Actress Jenny Mollen Talks Hiring Prostitutes for Husband Jason Biggs and Embracing Her Crazy
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Mader even told the Swiss paper that he purposefully did not promote gay Swiss Guards out of fear that they would be disloyal.Vatican’s Pope-Protecting Swiss Guards Accused Of Secret Gay Lobby
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The rumor is this was purposefully done to lead up to a second book.10 Fascinating Porn Star Memoirs: Aurora Snow on Porn Tell-Alls
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Then the figure moved forward again, cautiously, purposefully.The Monster
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Every word was purposefully clear, and at the end she paused invitingly.Sonia Married
He came quickly and purposefully, and he was Mr. Schultz—none other.The Incredible Honeymoon
He had walked steadily and purposefully, with some definite destination in mind.The Caves of Fear
He set off for his office, moving quickly, purposefully, head up.Makers
- having a definite purpose in view
- fixed in one's purpose; determined
Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
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Word Origin and History for purposefully
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