[ pur-puhs-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

Other words from purposely

  • un·pur·pose·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for purposely


/ (ˈpɜːpəslɪ) /

  1. for a definite reason; on purpose


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