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1. Having a purpose; intentional: a purposeful musician.
2. Having or manifesting purpose; determined: entered the room with a purposeful look.

pur′pose·ful·ly adv.
pur′pose·ful·ness n.
purposely, purposefully - Purposely means "intentionally, on purpose," while purposefully means "with a specific purpose or objective in mind."
See also related terms for objective.


1. 'purposefully'

If someone does something purposefully, they do it in a way that suggests that they have a definite purpose and a strong desire to achieve this purpose.

He strode purposefully towards the barn.
He walked purposefully out through the secretary's office.
2. 'purposely'

If someone does something purposely, they do it deliberately, rather than by accident or chance.

They are purposely withholding information.
Her voice was purposely low.
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Adv.1.purposefully - in a purposeful manner; "he caught the motorcycles in the full glare of his headlights, braked and slipped purposefully out of the car"
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[ˈpɜːpəsfəlɪ] ADVresueltamente


[ˈpɜːpəsflɪ] advcon uno scopo preciso, deliberatamente


(ˈpəːpəs) noun
1. the reason for doing something; the aim to which an action etc is directed. What is the purpose of your visit?
2. the use or function of an object. The purpose of this lever is to stop the machine in an emergency.
3. determination. a man of purpose.
purposeful adjective
having a definite purpose. with a purposeful look on his face.
ˈpurposefully adverb
ˈpurposeless adjective
having no purpose. purposeless destruction.
ˈpurposely adverb
intentionally. He did it purposely to attract my attention.
ˌpurpose-ˈbuilt adjective
made or built for a particular need or purpose. People who use wheelchairs sometimes live in purpose-built houses.
on purpose
intentionally. Did you break the cup on purpose?
serve a purpose
to be useful in some way.
to no purpose
with no useful results.
References in classic literature ?
This night she hurried to bed purposefully, every hair up, one eye on the stranger, who had dropped on a mat in a helpless, hopeless sort of way, all four feet spread out, sighing heavily.
His right hand fell lightly on the back of the outcast couch, the left remained purposefully plunged deep in the trousers pocket, and the roundness of the heavy rimmed spectacles imparted an owlish character to his moody, unperturbed face.
If you struggle with punctuality, perhaps it's because you do not purposefully attempt to be punctual.
55) stayed on purposefully and has significantly more still to offer La La Land (6.
purposefully " The ambassador had also visited Newman University and the University of Birmingham the same day.
The head of Bulgaria's State Agency for Refugees (DAB) admitted that he had purposefully shown international organizations the worst face of Bulgaria's refugee problem.
He, however, made it clear that the objective could be achieved "only when we resolve our differences peacefully and develop the culture of solving our problems seriously and purposefully.
Isa Ahmed Al Khayyat highlighted the importance of the event which, he said, aims to shed light on the crimes and infringements committed purposefully or unpurposefully before or during elections.
KEITH Andrews relished his physical tussle with Kaka, on Tuesday night - but denied purposefully roughing him up.
The paper reported that Benzion Netanyahu said in a television interview that Benjamin Netanyahu purposefully set "impossible" conditions for achieving Palestinian statehood.
The proper jurisdictional question is not whether the defendant can be liable for the acts of another person or entity under state substantive law, but whether the defendant has purposefully directed its activities at the forum state by causing a separate person or entity to engage in forum contacts.
In fact, the packaging is purposefully characterized by a surprising amount of blank space that, according to the company's Emilio Smeke, vice president/product development, "allow(s) silence to drive our energy into a very clean sense of mind, body and soul.