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constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Simple Definition of constructive

  • : helping to develop or improve something : helpful to someone instead of upsetting and negative

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of constructive

  1. 1 :  declared such by judicial construction or interpretation <constructive fraud>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to construction or creation

  3. 3 :  promoting improvement or development <constructive criticism>

constructively adverb
constructiveness noun

Examples of constructive in a sentence

  1. I tried to offer constructive criticism.

  2. Your feedback was not very constructive.

  3. The program helps people recently released from prison figure out how they can play a constructive role in society.



Circa 1680

First Known Use of constructive

circa 1680


CONSTRUCTIVE Defined for Kids

constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Definition of constructive for Students

  1. :  helping to develop or improve something <constructive criticism>

constructively adverb



Law Dictionary

constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Legal Definition of constructive

  1. :  created by a legal fiction: as a :  inferred by a judicial construction or interpretation b :  not actual but implied by operation of the law <made a constructive entry when he refused to take the opportunity for a voluntary departure — Harvard Law Review> — compare actual

constructively adverb




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