- 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.
Origin of constructive
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Examples from the Web for constructiveness
He's got no—no constructiveness, but that's the egg-meat of his plan, and you must understand that I'm in with it, an' so are you.Soldiers Three, Part II.
Constructiveness is an education which attains success but slowly.English Secularism
George Jacob Holyoake
The music of Masonry would supply some hints for "Constructiveness."
A second line of development is in the direction of constructiveness.Psychology
Robert S. Woodworth
By a faculty of constructiveness, he may become a fair basket-maker.Household Education
- 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
Word Origin and History for constructiveness
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.