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constructive

[kuh n-struhk-tiv] /kənˈstrʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive):
constructive criticism.
2.
of, relating to, or of the nature of construction; structural.
3.
deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential:
constructive permission.
4.
Law. denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.
Origin of constructive
1670-1680
1670-80; < Medieval Latin constrūctīvus, equivalent to Latin constrūct(us) (see construct) + īvus -ive
Related forms
constructively, adverb
constructiveness, noun
nonconstructive, adjective
nonconstructively, adverb
nonconstructiveness, noun
quasi-constructive, adjective
quasi-constructively, adverb
unconstructive, adjective
unconstructively, adverb
Synonyms
1. productive, helpful, handy, useful.
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  • Offers a larger reservation of Monroe Doctrine as third constructive criticism.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • As a means of constructive criticism the report system might be useful in Parliament.

  • Mr. Ruskin was writing for a generation not yet penetrated by the constructive criticism of recent investigation.

    Religion and Art in Ancient Greece Ernest Arthur Gardner
  • Civilization, indeed, may be defined as a constructive criticism of nature, and Huxley even called it a conspiracy against nature.

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • He was rehearsing this highly temperamental lady, and made a constructive criticism which nettled her very much.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • One of the best assets in any seat of learning is the constructive criticism of the alumni.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • By constructive criticism and explanation he encourages the man so that he wants to do it better next time.

    Manpower Lincoln Clarke Andrews
  • It is a fact enormously significant; it reveals to us the naked man; it furnishes a basis for all constructive criticism.

British Dictionary definitions for constructive criticism

constructive

/kənˈstrʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to build or improve; positive: constructive criticism
2.
(law) deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred
3.
(law) having a deemed legal effect: constructive notice
4.
another word for structural
Derived Forms
constructively, adverb
constructiveness, noun
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Contemporary definitions for constructive criticism
noun

criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions

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Word Origin and History for constructive criticism

constructive

adj.

early 15c., "derived by interpretation," from Middle French constructif or from Medieval Latin constructivus, from Latin construct-, past participle stem of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Meaning "pertaining to construction" is from 1817; "having the quality of constructing" is from 1841. Related: Constructively. Constructive criticism is attested by 1841.

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