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[mee-ning-fuh l]
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  1. full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant: a meaningful wink; a meaningful choice.
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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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  • Baker glanced at us meaningfully and murmured, "I was afraid of this."

    The Image and the Likeness

    John Scott Campbell

  • "Little as you deserve it," added Lord Essendine, meaningfully.

  • Strong failed to notice Roger's face darken, and Tom and Astro look at each other meaningfully.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

  • After all, one must be fully aware of the nature of Evil in order to meaningfully reject it.

    Keep Your Shape

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for meaningfully


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



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

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