- helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive): constructive criticism.
- of, relating to, or of the nature of construction; structural.
- deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential: constructive permission.
- Law. denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.
Origin of constructive
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Examples from the Web for constructively
If I can identify these things, and learn how to deal with them constructively, my recovery will progress.Jennie Ketcham Interview: Recovering From Sex Addiction
Rachel Kramer Bussel
July 27, 2012
It represents energy, and the problem is to use it constructively.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
It is used decoratively, however, rather than constructively.
They purchase their wives openly, and not constructively by attorney.The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales
To move in one direction, is constructively to undertake for all.Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers
Thomas De Quincey
Europe became their headquarters during what must have been the most constructively interesting part of his early life.Edgar Saltus: The Man
- serving to build or improve; positiveconstructive criticism
- law deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred
- law having a deemed legal effectconstructive notice
- another word for structural
Word Origin and History for constructively
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.