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constructive

[ kuhn-struhk-tiv ]
/ kənˈstrʌk tɪv /
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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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productive, useful, effective, positive, valuable, practical

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construction, construction loan, construction paper, constructional homonymity, constructionist, constructive, constructive dismissal, constructive interference, constructively, constructivism, constructor

Origin of constructive

1670–80; < Medieval Latin constrūctīvus, equivalent to Latin constrūct(us) (see construct) + īvus -ive
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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 Formsconstructively, adverbconstructiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for constructive

constructive


adj.

early 15c., "derived by interpretation," from Middle French constructif or from Medieval Latin constructivus, from Latin construct-, past participle stem of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Meaning "pertaining to construction" is from 1817; "having the quality of constructing" is from 1841. Related: Constructively. Constructive criticism is attested by 1841.

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