Purposely Pur"pose*ly, adv. With purpose or design; intentionally; with predetermination; designedly. [1913 Webster]

In composing this discourse, I purposely declined all offensive and displeasing truths. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throng By chance go right, they purposely go wrong. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • purposely — pur·pose·ly adv: with a deliberate, conscious, or express purpose: intentionally Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. purposely …   Law dictionary

  • purposely — purposely, purposefully Purposely is the older word (15c) and means ‘on purpose, intentionally’ • (We ve purposely changed our programmes on Tuesday to fit in with the Royal timetable BBC Press Release, 2002 [OEC]) whereas the more recent word… …   Modern English usage

  • purposely — late 15c., from PURPOSE (Cf. purpose) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • purposely — [adv] intentionally advisedly, by design, calculatedly, consciously, deliberately, designedly, explicitly, expressly, knowingly, on purpose, prepensely, purposedly, willfully, with intent; concepts 529,544 Ant. impulsively, spontaneously,… …   New thesaurus

  • purposely — ► ADVERB ▪ deliberately; on purpose …   English terms dictionary

  • purposely — [pʉr′pəs lē] adv. with a definite purpose; intentionally; deliberately …   English World dictionary

  • purposely — /perr peuhs lee/, adv. 1. intentionally; deliberately: He tripped me purposely. 2. with the particular purpose specified; expressly: I wore that suit purposely to make a good impression. [1485 95; PURPOSE + LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • purposely — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)pəsli[/t]] ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj If you do something purposely, you do it intentionally. [FORMAL] They are purposely withholding information. Syn: intentionally …   English dictionary

  • purposely — Intentionally; designedly; consciously; knowingly. Act is done purposely if it is willed, is product of conscious design, intent or plan that it be done, and is done with awareness of probable consequences. Home v. State, Ind., 445 N.E.2d 976,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • purposely — See purposely, purposefully …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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