purposive

[pur-puh-siv]

adjective

having, showing, or acting with a purpose, intention, or design.
adapted to a purpose or end.
serving some purpose.
determined; resolute.
of or characteristic of purpose.

Origin of purposive

First recorded in 1850–55; purpose + -ive
Related formspur·pos·ive·ly, adverbpur·pos·ive·ness, nounnon·pur·pos·ive, adjectivenon·pur·pos·ive·ly, adverbnon·pur·pos·ive·ness, nounpre·pur·pos·ive, adjectivesem·i·pur·pos·ive, adjectivesem·i·pur·pos·ive·ly, adverbsem·i·pur·pos·ive·ness, nounun·pur·pos·ive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for purposive

Historical Examples of purposive

  • Causal effects are sought in a sphere which belongs to purposive values.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • I understand his inner life by taking a purposive point of view.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • One moves in the purposive sphere, the other in the causal sphere.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • According to the older Darwinism the lungs are just as purposive as the corkscrew.

  • Since the ability to live is threatened by this specialization it cannot be purposive.


British Dictionary definitions for purposive

purposive

adjective

relating to, having, or indicating conscious intention
serving a purpose; useful
Derived Formspurposively, adverbpurposiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for purposive
adj.

1849, from purpose + -ive.

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