[mee-ning-fuh l]


full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant: a meaningful wink; a meaningful choice.

Origin of meaningful

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

Synonyms for meaningful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meaningfulness

Contemporary Examples of meaningfulness

Historical Examples of meaningfulness

  • Jug denied the meaningfulness of brain structure as an indication of intellect.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for meaningfulness



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



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

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