[mee-ning-fuh l]
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Origin of meaningful

First recorded in 1850–55; meaning + -ful
Related formsmean·ing·ful·ly, adverbmean·ing·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for meaningful


  1. having great meaning or validity
  2. eloquent, expressivea meaningful silence
Derived Formsmeaningfully, adverbmeaningfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meaningful

1827, from meaning (n.) + -ful. Related: Meaningfully.

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