Definition of expressly in English:



  • 1Explicitly; clearly.

    ‘she was expressly forbidden to use the stove’
    • ‘Centralized uniformity expressly forecloses such deviation, in the name of equality.’
    • ‘Indeed, the report of the Maori Affairs Committee states expressly that neither of them owns the service.’
    • ‘In contrast, the Florida Constitution spells the point out expressly.’
    • ‘Large quantities of alcohol, including kegs, beer balls, etc. are expressly prohibited.’
    • ‘That is hardly surprising, since time limits on the starting of legal proceedings are expressly recognised by the Convention itself.’
    • ‘Dewald expressly declared that no such immediacy in making the demand was required.’
    • ‘Moreover, he expressly guarantees to leave filibusters of legislation alone.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the resolution expressly praised all those deputies who had voted against the war in parliament.’
    • ‘An intention to override such rights must be expressly stated or appear by necessary implication.’
    • ‘However, such victimisation is expressly forbidden by German industrial law.’
    • ‘The Philippine Constitution expressly forbids foreign troops from fighting on Philippine soil.’
    • ‘Congress expressly prohibited states from doing this.’
    • ‘First, the court found the tax is a gross receipts tax which is expressly prohibited by that section.’
    • ‘One policy matter not expressly covered in the final contract was the question of releasing information to the public.’
    • ‘Lord Fraser of Tullybelton delivered a concurring speech without expressly addressing future conduct.’
    • ‘They can and do expressly stipulate what that margin is to be.’
    • ‘It remains open for Parliament to expressly repeal the Act.’
    • ‘That rule expressly requires the Court to consider all the circumstances.’
    • ‘Any public activity that would require women to depart from this modest dress in mixed company is expressly forbidden.’
    • ‘The statute did not expressly provide for cross-examination, nor did it impose penalties such as fines and imprisonment.’
    explicitly, clearly, directly, plainly, distinctly, unambiguously, unequivocally, unmistakably, obviously, absolutely
    solely, specifically, particularly, specially, especially, singularly, exclusively, purposefully, just, only, explicitly, with someone in mind, with something in mind
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    1. 1.1 For a specific purpose; solely.
      ‘the house was expressly built for entertaining’
      • ‘They felt quite alone in their expressly political and critical form of drag artistry.’
      • ‘A camel rising from a sitting position seems expressly designed to throw the novice straight back onto the ground.’
      • ‘But some theologians have recently placed the mystery in a new framework, by setting natural evil within an expressly evolutionary context.’
      • ‘There are many homes in the national park area which were built expressly to house farm workers.’
      • ‘Thus the negative-pledge clause may be drafted so as to extend to them expressly.’
      • ‘The CPA was established by the National Science Foundation expressly to study dark matter.’
      • ‘It provides expressly for the convictions to remain and to be brought up again the moment there is a fresh conviction.’
      • ‘Instead of staying on, he chooses to top-edge a sweep off Anil Kumble straight to fine leg, placed expressly for that shot.’
      • ‘The legislation would not allow federal funding for embryos created expressly for research purposes.’
      • ‘Two new posts were created expressly for supporters of Ashour.’
      • ‘Many people had come expressly for the purpose of seeing these deliberate, considered bookworks.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Hollywood lies before him like a world set out expressly for him to conquer.’
      • ‘It was reserved expressly for the gentry of Douglas, whoever they were.’
      • ‘The more analytical "Essays and Articles" section concludes with three essays written expressly for Critical Essays.’
      • ‘The pleading does not expressly rely on such a premise.’
      • ‘With these forest resources close by, people do not grow any trees expressly for fodder or fuelwood on their own cropland.’
      • ‘Expressly tailored for Murray, Johnston is a character that plays to his strengths.’