purposely

[ pur-puhs-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.

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Origin of purposely

First recorded in 1485–95; purpose + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM purposely

un·pur·pose·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH purposely

purposefully, purposely
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British Dictionary definitions for purposely

purposely
/ (ˈpɜːpəslɪ) /

adverb

for a definite reason; on purpose

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