[pur-puh s-fuh l]
- having a purpose.
- determined; resolute.
- full of meaning; significant.
Origin of purposeful
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Examples from the Web for purposeful
There are a number of inadvertent and purposeful ways for universities to skew their Clery Act numbers.No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
Bitcoin serves a purpose that is at once expressive and purposeful.Bitcoin Forever!
February 27, 2014
Safety is an issue; purposeful helmet-to-helmet hits needed to be made illegal.Buzz Bissinger on the NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season
January 2, 2013
It demonstrates either an incredible act of purposeful evasion or self-deception.Buddhist Retreat’s Death Saga
July 10, 2012
His words were purposeful, almost business-like, with the tautest of poetical flourishes.9/11 in Reverse
January 20, 2009
He moved off with all the confident air of his simple, purposeful nature.The Law-Breakers
It was the stubborn, purposeful character of the man that she admired, and thought most of.The Night Riders
And he was cool, too; cool and self-contained; fearless and purposeful.Scaramouche
He accepted that feeling with a purposeful sternness, and tried to pass on.
He, this man who had robbed me of my hard-working, purposeful existence.
- having a definite purpose in view
- fixed in one's purpose; determined
Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
Word Origin and History for purposeful
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper