I want to convey that an action is done with a certain target in mind. Is "targetedly" (as the adverb of "targeted") the correct word? Several spellchecks don't know the word.

For example: "He targetedly shot the football at his teammate's face." As opposed to "He shot the football at his teammate's face by accident."

(I know "on purpose" would be a good/better fit here.)

If not, is there a synonym of this word with the same meaning?

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    It's not a word. The word you want is probably "deliberately".
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 29 at 16:41
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    He targeted the kick or shot at his teammate's face. apostrophe s.
    – Lambie
    Mar 29 at 20:01
  • @Lambie thanks. I generally know the difference if you'd ask me which to use but sometimes confuse them when not thinking about it.
    – DonQuiKong
    Mar 29 at 20:16
  • @DonQuiKong Just a word of advice for the future, if you get stuck on a word or can't think of one, don't just make one up. Use an online dictionary with a thesaurus feature. For example, you already know the word "accidentally", and what you want to find is the antonym (the opposite). You can find these using a thesaursus. see an example
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 29 at 20:37
  • @BillyKerr targetedly is a literal translation from German where the term exists and means exactly what I'm trying to convey. I wasn't sure whether the word exists, it does seem understandable but the only google hits where papers with non-english author names - which seemed like a bad sign. Using opposites is a good idea, I'll keep that in mind.
    – DonQuiKong
    Mar 29 at 21:04

1 Answer 1


'Targetedly' is not a recognised adverb. Try:

  • Deliberately
  • Intentionally
  • Willfully
  • Purposefully
  • Consciously

Otherwise, just use 'targeted' as the verb:

He targeted the football at his teammate's face.

You've added in a comment that you are looking for adverbs you could ascribe to a machine.

My choice would be selectively, which suggests a selection was made but it is much colder and doesn't involve any words that imply human thinking (like decision or will).

Otherwise, you could perhaps consider:

  • Algorithmically
  • Systematically
  • Automatically

These sound more robotic, like the product of a computer's reasoning.

  • Thank you. The sentence I'm building relates to a machine, i.e. something without a will. It uses an algorithm that does something /targetedly/, meaning it's not just a side effect. For example, a vacuum robot may target places with high amounts of dirt or may just vacuum all places equally. Then the vacuum /targetedly/ removed the dirt in the first case while it /non-targetedly/ removed the dirt in the second case. But the vacuum neither has a will nor a conscience nor an intention nor does it deliberate.
    – DonQuiKong
    Mar 29 at 16:51
  • @DonQuiKong Maybe add that into your question. But I've updated my answer.
    – Astralbee
    Mar 29 at 18:36
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    I didn't want to invalidate your answer by changing the question. "Selectively" is great, exactly the word im looking for.
    – DonQuiKong
    Mar 29 at 20:15

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