Angela’s ABCs: Words Sometimes Confused – Purposely and Purposefully
I’ve heard these two adverbs confused twice this week, so I decided it would be worth looking closely at their definitions:
Purposely means intentionally, deliberately, on purpose. When you mean to do something, you do it purposely:
- She crossed the road purposely because she didn’t want to have to speak to her ex-boyfriend.
- The footballer purposely tripped up the goalkeeper so that the ball would go into the net.
Purposefully means with a strong sense of purpose, or with determination and intent. When you are determined to do something, you do it purposefully.
- She purposefully set about writing a full account of what had happened while it was fresh in her mind.
- Determined not to get involved in the fight, he walked purposefully in the opposite direction.