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purposely

[pur-puh s-lee]
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  1. intentionally; deliberately: He tripped me purposely.
  2. with the particular purpose specified; expressly: I wore that suit purposely to make a good impression.
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Origin of purposely

First recorded in 1485–95; purpose + -ly
Related formsun·pur·pose·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpurposefully purposely
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Related Words

expressly, deliberately, knowingly, consciously, willfully, explicitly, designedly, advisedly

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purposely

adverb
  1. for a definite reason; on purpose
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Word Origin and History for purposely

adv.

late 15c., from purpose (n.) + -ly (2).

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