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Purposely, Purposefully

These words share much common ground, and they are sometimes interchangeable, but there are distinct differences. Purposely means "intentionally," but some acts are intentional, yet pointless: Little Jimmy purposely threw Alice's lunch in the mud.

Someone who does something purposefully is on a mission, with an important goal in mind: The rescue team purposefully combed the woods for the missing child.

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