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purposely

[pur-puh s-lee] /ˈpɜr pəs li/
adverb
1.
intentionally; deliberately:
He tripped me purposely.
2.
with the particular purpose specified; expressly:
I wore that suit purposely to make a good impression.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; purpose + -ly
Related forms
unpurposely, adverb
Can be confused
purposefully, purposely.
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  • It was done purposely, intentionally and it was planned carefully.
  • The system is purposely compromised, its accuracy intentionally degraded.
  • The scientists purposely minimize their contact with the cubs-they never play or talk with them.
  • Because of this, he purposely tries to do things to get on her nerves.
  • Prose speeds the eye onwards, while poems resist-and purposely impede- that forward movement.
  • And a few of their ads have been purposely misleading.
  • But one potential workplace is purposely missing: a college campus.
  • What actually occurred in a situation, and how a candidate remembers it, might be incongruent or purposely fabricated.
  • When you purposely use different words, the audience then has to choose which version of the presentation takes precedence.
  • The system is being purposely reconfigured to emulate that of industry.
British Dictionary definitions for purposely

purposely

/ˈpɜːpəslɪ/
adverb
1.
for a definite reason; on purpose
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Word Origin and History for purposely
adv.

late 15c., from purpose (n.) + -ly (2).

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