expressly

[ ik-spres-lee ]
/ ɪkˈsprɛs li /

adverb

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.

Nearby words

  1. expressionless,
  2. expressive,
  3. expressive aphasia,
  4. expressively,
  5. expressivity,
  6. expressman,
  7. expresso,
  8. expressway,
  9. expropriate,
  10. expropriation

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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British Dictionary definitions for expressly

expressly

/ (ɪkˈsprɛslɪ) /

adverb

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

expressly

adv.

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

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