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- 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
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
First recorded in 1850–55; purpose
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Related Words for purposivedeliberate
Examples from the Web for purposive
Historical Examples of purposive
Causal effects are sought in a sphere which belongs to purposive values.
I understand his inner life by taking a purposive point of view.
One moves in the purposive sphere, the other in the causal sphere.
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
Derived Formspurposively, adverbpurposiveness, noun
- relating to, having, or indicating conscious intention
- serving a purpose; useful
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