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OTHER WORDS FROM purposelyun·pur·pose·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH purposelypurposefully, purposely
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What does purposely mean?
Purposely is used to describe an action done intentionally, deliberately, or for a specific reason.
Example: I show up late to parties purposely so I’m not the first one there.
Where does purposely come from?
The first records of purposely come from the late 1400s. It’s the adverb form of the noun purpose, meaning “a reason,” “intended result,” or “goal.” (The adverb-forming suffix -ly is usually added to adjectives, but in this case it’s added to a noun.)
When purposely means “intentionally” or “deliberately,” it’s synonymous with the phrase on purpose. It’s often used to indicate that an action was not accidental. Sometimes, it might even imply that an action was malicious, meaning it was done to harm someone, as in You purposely left that there so I would trip over it!
Purposely is also used to emphasize that an action was done with a specific purpose, as in All the paintings have been positioned purposely to recreate the original state of the collection.
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What are some other forms related to purposely?
- purpose (noun)
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How is purposely used in real life?
Purposely is often used when talking about people’s intentions. It’s less commonly used than synonyms like intentionally, deliberately, and on purpose.
do you ever be extra boring purposely so that people will leave you alone
— 𝔞𝔟𝔢𝔫𝔞⁷🦋 (@__fatcheeks) May 13, 2020
People who call you on WhatsApp are purposely trying to be inconvenient
— Fintan Tarantino (@Fionnanof17) May 15, 2020
Mycenean Greeks buried their dead into beehive tombs. Those tombs are built in a way that purposely looks like a beehive. It consists if stone arranged to imitate the shape, which is left to be overgrown by vegetation. Like the barrows of Northern Europe, before the excavations.. pic.twitter.com/eSbzJcGecs
— Pallando the Blue (@KomninosM) May 13, 2020
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to describe an action that was done purposely?
Example sentences from the Web for purposely
What Murphy alleges in this case, though, is O’Brien is purposely telling officials at DHS to minimize a major threat, just so the president wouldn’t get mad.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint|Alex Ward|September 11, 2020|Vox
They accuse the company of purposely pushing Plated to miss revenue targets following the merger, targets that could’ve resulted in potentially millions more in payouts to investors.
It’s a leader’s job to stop that from happening—to reinforce the new state and purposely make it harder to go back.COVID-19 has spurred rapid transformation in health care. Let’s make sure it stays that way|jakemeth|August 20, 2020|Fortune
But it certainly contributed, and purposely so, to the defeat of the tough Likud hardliner Yitzhak Shamir in 1992.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections|Aaron David Miller|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She throws gigantic, destructive parties, and purposely lights his ottomans on fire.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix|Marlow Stern|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was that something you had purposely incorporated from Scandal?Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’|Jason Lynch|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There, said Obama, “the United States has purposely avoided choosing sides.”
But what if I told you there was another burger chain that purposely pays above the minimum wage?Don’t Flip Out, but Some Burger Chains Actually Pay Pretty Well|Daniel Gross|August 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Books, books were everywhere—books that seemed to her keeping secrets in their pages and purposely not saying anything.The New Warden|Mrs. David G. Ritchie
He wondered if she were purposely delaying her usual after-supper chat with him.The Cottage of Delight|Will N. Harben
She sat at dinner and supper without touching anything, and yet they had purposely prepared her favorite dishes.Timar's Two Worlds|Mr Jkai
He understood, as did the others, that Grace's explanation had been purposely sketchy.Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer|Jessie Graham Flower
These complicated schemings Parma purposely protracted, to keep Elizabeth in false security.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century|James Anthony Froude