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un- +‎ purposed


unpurposed (comparative more unpurposed, superlative most unpurposed)

  1. Without purpose; purposeless.
    • 1645, John Milton, Tetrachordon, London, p. 32,[1]
      If that Law did well to reduce from liberty to bondage for an ingratitude not the greatest, much more became it the Law of God to enact the restorement of a free born man from an unpurpos’d, and unworthy bondage to a rightfull liberty for the most unnatural fraud and ingratitude that can be committed against him.
    • 1917, Sinclair Lewis, The Job, New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Part I, Chapter 5, §3, p. 60,[2]
      He was distinguished from his fellows by the fact that each year he grew more aware that he hadn’t even a dim candle of talent; that he was ill-planned and unpurposed; that he would have to settle down to the ordinary gray limbo of jobs and offices []
    • 1957, Muriel Spark, The Comforters, London: Macmillan, Chapter 7,
      ‘Your questions about Mrs Jepp, I can’t possibly answer them, ‘said Mervyn, looking at his watch but unpurposed, settling into his chair []
  2. Not deliberate, unintentional.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act IV, Scene 14,[3]
      When I did make thee free, sworest thou not then
      To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once;
      Or thy precedent services are all
      But accidents unpurposed.
    • 1640, William Whately, Prototypes, London: Edward Langham, The Thirteenth Example, pp. 199-200,[4]
      [] the Lord will surely accept him and forgive his unpurposed offences and sinnes of meere weakenesse and frailty.
    • 1893, George Gissing, The Odd Women, London: Lawrence & Bullen, Volume I, Chapter 7, p. 188,[5]
      It was written in very small characters—perhaps an unpurposed indication of the misgivings with which she allowed herself to pen the words.
    • 1948, Gilbert Murray (translator), Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, London: George Allen & Unwin, p. 33,[6]
      O pitying strangers, since ye will not hear
      My old blind father, for some tales ye have heard
      Of his unpurposed sin, Oh, still give ear
      To a lost maiden, and accept the word
      I speak for his sake []