deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential: constructive permission.
Law. denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.
- con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- con·struc·tive·ness, noun
- non·con·struc·tive, adjective
- non·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- non·con·struc·tive·ness, noun
- qua·si-con·struc·tive, adjective
- qua·si-con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
- un·con·struc·tive, adjective
- un·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use constructive in a sentence
constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’ | Marlow Stern | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few offered constructive criticism, which Joldeen accepted with the zeal of someone hungry to learn.Geeking Out: Uganda’s Women are Creating the Next Generation of Girl Geeks | Mike Miesen | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is justifiably critical of Israel, but he is not satisfied with constructive criticism; he insists on blanket condemnation.
While weighing your options, focus your infamous constructive criticism on those asking for it.
Civilization, indeed, may be defined as a constructive criticism of nature, and Huxley even called it a conspiracy against nature.Damn! | Henry Louis Mencken
By constructive criticism and explanation he encourages the man so that he wants to do it better next time.Manpower | Lincoln Clarke Andrews
I come in to visit your class in order to make constructive criticism, and to watch your physical progress.The Art of Stage Dancing | Ned Wayburn
Of this delicate constructive criticism, we have as yet, it seems to me, almost no specimens in the English language.My Wife and I | Harriet Beecher Stowe
This leads to constructive criticism of the scene by the children themselves rather than by the leader in charge.The Dramatization of Bible Stories | Elizabeth Erwin Miller Lobingier
British Dictionary definitions for constructive
serving to build or improve; positive: constructive criticism
law deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred
law having a deemed legal effect: constructive notice
another word for structural
- constructively, adverb
- constructiveness, noun
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