constructive


con·struc·tive

adjective \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

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

Full Definition of CONSTRUCTIVE

1
:  declared such by judicial construction or interpretation <constructive fraud>
2
:  of or relating to construction or creation
3
:  promoting improvement or development <constructive criticism>
con·struc·tive·ly adverb
con·struc·tive·ness noun

Examples of CONSTRUCTIVE

  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.

First Known Use of CONSTRUCTIVE

circa 1680

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