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- un·pur·pose·ly, adverb
- purposefully, purposely
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How to use purposely in a sentence
Other times in the deposition, she appeared purposely evasive.Ghislaine Maxwell deposition portrays her as combative, loyal defender of sex offender Epstein | Rosalind Helderman, Shayna Jacobs, Beth Reinhard, Devlin Barrett | October 22, 2020 | Washington Post
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
The purpose of these surveys, as Modern Retail has previously reported, is for Facebook to catch dropshippers who are purposely misrepresenting their shipping times.A domino effect: How USPS delays may hurt e-commerce startups | Anna Hensel | August 14, 2020 | Digiday
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Only then did I own that by hook or by crook—and mostly by crook, I was forced to suspect—they had purposely given me the slip.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
It was not purposely contrived, it was in automatic obedience to deeper impulses than she knew.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
He purposely lied about the take because Carlson usually charged on the percentage basis.
The Governor purposely had the biggest American horses and the largest vehicles brought out to make an impression.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
She seemed to be purposely emphasising the selfish part of her dissatisfaction out of a kind of reckless defiance.Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for purposely
for a definite reason; on purpose
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