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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.

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. Gabriel Sterling:

    She came in late. She purposely sat next to me because she wanted to get her social media hits.

  2. Donald Crabtree:

    I believe Dr. Fata knowingly and purposely treated me for the wrong cancer and gave me the wrong chemotherapy.

  3. Hilary Levey Friedman:

    I had one child who would say to me about several of them. 'Well, I kind of purposely played in this easier one because I knew I would win and now I don't really count that as a real victory because I went in and I knew it was below my level,' and so kids know. They definitely know and so that's a dangerous thing to just think, 'Oh, you are going to get something all the time and everybody has to be a winner' because then how do you exist later on in life?

  4. Thor Halvorsson:

    I think it’s clear that this is not the case of a company that forgot to register, or didn’t know that they had to register, fusion GPS purposely, and quite deliberately, chose not to register so that their activity would fly under the radar, leading people to see the result of their work as organic and real, pushing a noble vision of truth, instead of what it actually is –smear campaigns in return for large enough retainers.

  5. Rob Lyon:

    Initially I think I was shocked, quite emotional speaking to my wife about the near miss I had, i think I'm in an anger phase just because someone purposely drove a car at me.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. greedy
    • B. abrupt
    • C. disjointed
    • D. plush

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