purposely

[ pur-puh s-lee ]
/ ˈpɜr pəs li /

adverb

intentionally; deliberately: He tripped me purposely.
with the particular purpose specified; expressly: I wore that suit purposely to make a good impression.

Origin of purposely

First recorded in 1485–95; purpose + -ly

Related forms

un·pur·pose·ly, adverb

Can be confused

purposefully purposely
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purposely

/ (ˈpɜːpəslɪ) /

adverb

for a definite reason; on purpose

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