[ kuhn-struhk-tiv ]
/ kənˈstrʌk tɪv /
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.
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Origin of constructive
OTHER WORDS FROM constructive
con·struc·tive·ly, adverbcon·struc·tive·ness, nounnon·con·struc·tive, adjectivenon·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
non·con·struc·tive·ness, nounqua·si-con·struc·tive, adjectivequa·si-con·struc·tive·ly, adverbun·con·struc·tive, adjectiveun·con·struc·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonconstructive
/ (kənˈstrʌktɪv) /
serving to build or improve; positiveconstructive criticism
law deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred
law having a deemed legal effectconstructive notice
another word for structural
Derived forms of constructiveconstructively, adverbconstructiveness, noun
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