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purposeful

[pur-puh s-fuh l] /ˈpɜr pəs fəl/
adjective
1.
having a purpose.
2.
determined; resolute.
3.
full of meaning; significant.
Origin of purposeful
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; purpose + -ful
Related forms
purposefully, adverb
purposefulness, noun
Can be confused
purposefully, purposely.
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  • Then the figure moved forward again, cautiously, purposefully.

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  • Every word was purposefully clear, and at the end she paused invitingly.

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  • He came quickly and purposefully, and he was Mr. Schultz—none other.

  • He had walked steadily and purposefully, with some definite destination in mind.

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  • He set off for his office, moving quickly, purposefully, head up.

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British Dictionary definitions for purposefully

purposeful

/ˈpɜːpəsfʊl/
adjective
1.
having a definite purpose in view
2.
fixed in one's purpose; determined
Derived Forms
purposefully, adverb
purposefulness, noun
Usage note
Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
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Word Origin and History for purposefully

purposeful

adj.

1835, from purpose (n.) + -ful. Related: Purposefully.

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