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expressly

[ ik-spres-lee ]
/ ɪkˈsprɛs li /
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adverb
for the particular or specific purpose; specially: I came expressly to see you.
in a clear, direct, or definite manner; explicitly: I asked him expressly to stop talking.
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Origin of expressly

A Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at express, -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM expressly

un·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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