expressly

[ik-spres-lee]
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  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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at express, -ly
Related formsun·ex·press·ly, adverb
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expressly

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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