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I want to express the meaning of doing something without an definite purpose: is there a word impurposely?

If not, which word should I use?

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And which dictionaries did you check? – J.R. Mar 31 '13 at 15:51
@J.R. actually, I checked a dict before asking. I used the Youdao dictionary.link – nn0p Mar 31 '13 at 16:33
It's good to mention that in your question, and even include the link. Otherwise, many people here are likely to start with the same search. Therefore, by not taking the time to include your research here, you're causing other people to spend their time needlessly performing the same search. – J.R. Mar 31 '13 at 16:35
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Purposely means intentionally.

on purpose; intentionally:
    she had purposely made it difficult


If there were such a word impurposely then it would be likely to mean unintentionally rather than aimlessly which does mean "without a definite purpose": see ODO again. There are a number of synonyms too, not all of which will suit your context.

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The word you want is purposelessly. Not that easy to pronounce, but I believe it's a perfect fit.

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If you are looking for a word to describe doing something without any purpose, I think pointless would suit the best.

Otiose can also be an option.

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Actually you can do something pointless on purpose. – Jim Mar 31 '13 at 17:48
@Jim, If we are going to do something with purpose than how will it be pointless?? I assume you are referring to the situation (1) when something I do is pointless according to me but proves to be useful for someone (2) or I am making a fool of someone by showing that I am doing nothing. But either way it won't be any further pointless, isn't it ?? – Raghav Mar 31 '13 at 20:17
@Raghav- No, I was referring to the situation in which someone is purposely doing something that is guaranteed to have no effect- Trying to teach your dog calculus or replying to an email that contains the sentence, "Do not reply to this email as it is unmonitored." – Jim Apr 1 '13 at 4:18
@jim, worthless. – Raghav Apr 1 '13 at 17:20

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