[pur-puh s-fuh l]
- having a purpose.
- determined; resolute.
- full of meaning; significant.
Origin of purposeful
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Related Wordsresoluteness, perseverance, toughness, earnestness, doggedness, volition, stubbornness, obstinacy, willpower, fortitude, persistence, decisiveness, grit, backbone, pluck, seriousness, determination, purpose, resolve, spine
Examples from the Web for purposefulness
He was looking for others who shared not only his viewpoint but his purposefulness.This Crowded Earth
She saw his tenderness, his purposefulness, the bigness of his mind and spirit.The Heart of the Desert
Honor Willsie Morrow
They had retrieved their own weapons, and they advanced upon Roddy with a purposefulness that seemed horrible to him.Penrod and Sam
She knew that if she relaxed her purposefulness for an instant the love for him would rush over her, weaken her.The Seventh Man
There was a sort of contagion of purposefulness in this eccentric small group on the Esperance.Creatures of the Abyss
- having a definite purpose in view
- fixed in one's purpose; determined
Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
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Word Origin and History for purposefulness
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