purposeful

[ pur-puh s-fuh l ]
/ ˈpɜr pəs fəl /

adjective

having a purpose.
determined; resolute.
full of meaning; significant.

Nearby words

  1. purport,
  2. purported,
  3. purportedly,
  4. purpose,
  5. purpose-built,
  6. purposeless,
  7. purposely,
  8. purposive,
  9. purpresture,
  10. purpura

Origin of purposeful

First recorded in 1850–55; purpose + -ful

Related formspur·pose·ful·ly, adverbpur·pose·ful·ness, noun

Can be confusedpurposefully purposely

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British Dictionary definitions for purposefulness

purposeful

/ (ˈpɜːpəsfʊl) /

adjective

having a definite purpose in view
fixed in one's purpose; determined
Derived Formspurposefully, adverbpurposefulness, noun

usage

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

purposeful

adj.

1835, from purpose (n.) + -ful. Related: Purposefully.

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