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purposeful

[ pur-puhs-fuhl ]
/ ˈpɜr pəs fəl /
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adjective

having a purpose.
full of meaning; significant.

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Origin of purposeful

First recorded in 1850–55; purpose + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM purposeful

pur·pose·ful·ly, adverbpur·pose·ful·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH purposeful

purposefully , purposely
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How to use purposeful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for purposeful

purposeful
/ (ˈpɜːpəsfʊl) /

adjective

having a definite purpose in view
fixed in one's purpose; determined

Derived forms of purposeful

purposefully, adverbpurposefulness, noun

usage for purposeful

Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
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