adjective pur·pose·ful \ˈpər-pəs-fəl\

: having a clear aim or purpose

Full Definition of PURPOSEFUL

:  having a purpose: as
a :  meaningful <purposeful activities>
b :  intentional <purposeful ambiguity>
:  full of determination <was soft-spoken but purposeful>
pur·pose·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
pur·pose·ful·ness noun

Examples of PURPOSEFUL

  1. <a soft-spoken but purposeful criminal investigator>
  2. <there's a difference between a purposeful lie and an accidental untruth>

First Known Use of PURPOSEFUL

PURPOSEFULLY Defined for Kids


adjective pur·pose·ful \ˈpər-pəs-fəl\

Definition of PURPOSEFUL for Kids

:  having a clear intention or aim
pur·pose·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
pur·pose·ful·ness noun


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