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ˈpɜr pəs lipur·pose·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intentionally, deliberately, designedly, on purpose, purposely, advisedly, by choice, by designadverb

    with intention; in an intentional manner

    "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice"


  1. purposelyadverb

    on purpose; intentionally

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Purposelyadverb

    By design; by intention.

    Etymology: from purpose.

    Being the instrument which God hath purposely framed, thereby to work the knowledge of salvation in the hearts of men, what cause is there wherefore it should not be acknowledged a most apt mean? Richard Hooker.

    I have purposely avoided to speak any thing concerning the treatment due to such persons. Addison.

    In composing this discourse, I purposely declined all offensive and displeasing truths. Francis Atterbury.

    The vulgar thus through imitation err,
    As oft the learned by being singular;
    So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throng
    By chance go right, they purposely go wrong. Alexander Pope.


  1. purposely

    Purposely is an adverb that means intentionally, deliberately or done with a specific intent or purpose in mind. It refers to performing an action or behavior consciously and intentionally, not by accident or mistake.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purposelyadverb

    with purpose or design; intentionally; with predetermination; designedly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purposely in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purposely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of purposely in a Sentence

  1. Ellen Kurlansky:

    This action, which is a gift to the coal industry at the expense of all Americans, is an attack on public health justified by a phony cost-benefit analysis that purposely inflates the cost of MATS and ignores the value of the human health benefits.

  2. Robert Turner:

    The authors of that amendment purposely chose language drafted by Jefferson in an unsuccessful effort to outlaw slavery in the Northwest Territories as a means of honoring Jefferson’s struggle against slavery, if Democrats understood Jefferson’s lifelong opposition to slavery, they would have reached a different conclusion.

  3. Natalia Rutkowski:

    She asked me to put the bag into the bin which I did and she said, ‘ OK, well the person who swiped has to see it. ’ I said, ‘ This is the third time I’ve done it. ’ then a man came over and shoved his badge in my face and took the bag out of the bin and then plopped it back in sideways so it purposely would n’t fit.

  4. Nadine Smith:

    He's pushing for government intrusion into workplaces and doctor's offices. It's all in service to his presidential ambitions, republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is purposely picking fights that rev up Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis base. And the intention is to secure the loyalty of the base Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump share.

  5. Jacqueline Hinman:

    And though the average age of CEOs is slightly declining, today’s graduates may have expectations for advancement that don’t match reality. So what does it really take to get to the top ? To guide the next generation, I interviewed Successful CEOs. I asked Successful CEOs to project which abilities will be required of Successful CEOs future counterparts, and what advice Successful CEOs ’d give to young people who aspire to become a CEO. Jacqueline Hinman, CEO of Fortune 500 engineering company CH2M HILL, predicts that as change accelerates, broad knowledge and understanding of one’s business will be critical. Jacqueline Hinman started out as an environmental engineer, but later served in project management, business development and marketing roles. I purposely kept moving.

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    A fancy
    B investigating
    C disguise
    D plantation

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