Origin of purposive
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Examples from the Web for purposive
Causal effects are sought in a sphere which belongs to purposive values.
I understand his inner life by taking a purposive point of view.
One moves in the purposive sphere, the other in the causal sphere.
According to the older Darwinism the lungs are just as purposive as the corkscrew.Evolution, Old & New
Since the ability to live is threatened by this specialization it cannot be purposive.At the Deathbed of Darwinism
- relating to, having, or indicating conscious intention
- serving a purpose; useful
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Word Origin and History for purposive
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