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meaningful

[mee-ning-fuh l]
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adjective
  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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  • Jug denied the meaningfulness of brain structure as an indication of intellect.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster


British Dictionary definitions for meaningfulness

meaningful

adjective
  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 meaningfulness

meaningful

adj.

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

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