SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 1670–80;
Medieval Latin constrūctīvus,
īvus -ive Related forms con·struc·tive·ly, adverb con·struc·tive·ness, noun non·con·struc·tive, adjective non·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb non·con·struc·tive·ness, noun qua·si-con·struc·tive, adjective qua·si-con·struc·tive·ly, adverb un·con·struc·tive, adjective un·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb Synonyms for constructive
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British Dictionary definitions for nonconstructive adjective serving to build or improve; positive constructive criticism law deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred law having a deemed legal effect constructive notice Derived Forms constructively, adverb constructiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonconstructive adj.
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.
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