purposive

[ pur-puh-siv ]
/ ˈpɜr pə sɪv /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for purposive

purposive

/ (ˈpɜːpəsɪv) /

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

purposive


adj.

1849, from purpose + -ive.

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