constructive

[ kuhn-struhk-tiv ]
/ kənˈstrʌk tɪv /

adjective

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.

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Origin of constructive

1670–80; < Medieval Latin constrūctīvus, equivalent to Latin constrūct(us) (see construct) + īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for constructive criticism

constructive
/ (kənˈstrʌktɪv) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of constructive

constructively, adverbconstructiveness, noun
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