purposefully purposefully  /ˈpɜr pəs fə li/


  • (adv) in a purposeful manner


  1. Those fears were reinforced by the fact that Dubek and his colleagues purposefully played down the scope of their victory in order to be able to keep it.
  2. For weeks in August and September, Kennedy and Bessette seemed to be purposefully throwing the press off the scent.
  3. Substance: A- Style: B Offense: B Defense: B Overall grade: A- Set the evening's tone early on by purposefully smiling and nodding at Obama's answers.


  1. Deputies: man hit victim with SUV after fight

    A southwest Florida man is recovering from serious injuries after authorities say a family member purposefully struck him with an SUV following an argument.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Erie Times-News

  2. Missing Eugene teen found safe in Portland

    Portland Police say 18-year-old McKenzie Bloesinger-Wong was found safe and sound Friday night. McKenzie told officers she had purposefully avoided contact with friends and family for the nearly 24 hour period.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: KVAL Eugene

  3. 6-13-13 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

    Is current administration purposefully failing us? To the editor: “Government at best is a necessary evil, at its worst, … The post 6-13-13 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor appeared first on Sun Patriot .
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Waconia Patriot


  1. "The complaint does not show or even intimate, that petitioners purposefully housed detainees in the ADMAX SHU due to their race, religion or national origin," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion. "All it plausibly...
    on May 18, 2009 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "All her dressers were about 20 feet (6 meters) away - no one was near her. She was coming down the hall very purposefully. As she came in she said, 'I don't have much time,'" Leibovitz said.
    on Oct 22, 2008 By: Annie Leibovitz Source: Newsweek

  3. "Miss Huffington's blog is purposefully misleading and I have asked her to clarify the facts," Clooney, 44, said in a statement issued Wednesday. "I stand by my statements but I did not write this blog."
    on Mar 15, 2006 By: George Clooney Source: USA Today

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