ex|press|ly [ ık`spresli ] adverb *
1. ) FORMAL in a way that is clear and definite: EXPLICITLY:
The students were expressly forbidden to use the Internet for their research on this occasion.
2. ) for a particular purpose: SPECIFICALLY:
She came expressly to see you.

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  • Expressly — Ex*press ly, adv. In an express manner; in direct terms; with distinct purpose; particularly; as, a book written expressly for the young. [1913 Webster] The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel. Ezek. i. 3. [1913 Webster] I am sent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expressly — ex·press·ly adv: in an express manner: in definite and distinct terms acceptance is expressly conditional Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. expressly …   Law dictionary

  • expressly — [adv1] purposely especially, exactly, in specie, intentionally, on purpose, particularly, precisely, specially, specifically; concept 556 expressly [adv2] definitely, unambiguously absolutely, categorically, clearly, decidedly, directly,… …   New thesaurus

  • expressly — late 14c., in detail, plainly, from EXPRESS (Cf. express) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning for the express purpose is c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • expressly — [ek spres′lē, ikspres′lē] adv. 1. in a plain and definite way; explicitly 2. for the specific purpose; particularly …   English World dictionary

  • expressly — ex|press|ly [ıkˈspresli] adv formal 1.) if you say something expressly, you say it very clearly and firmly ▪ He was expressly forbidden to speak to the girl. 2.) deliberately or for a specific purpose ▪ The building is expressly designed to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • expressly — adverb formal 1 if you say something expressly, you say it very clearly and firmly: I expressly forbade them to bring animals into the house. 2 deliberately: The building is expressly designed to conserve energy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • expressly — adverb Date: 14th century 1. in an express manner ; explicitly < expressly rejected the proposal > 2. for the express purpose ; particularly, specifically < made expressly for me > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • expressly — /ik spres lee/, adv. 1. for the particular or specific purpose; specially: I came expressly to see you. 2. in an express manner; explicitly: I asked him expressly to stop talking. [1350 1400; ME; see EXPRESS, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • expressly — adverb 1) he was expressly forbidden to discuss the matter Syn: explicitly, clearly, directly, plainly, distinctly, unambiguously, unequivocally; absolutely; specifically, categorically, pointedly, emphatically 2) a machine expressly built for… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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