purposive


pur·po·sive

adjective \ˈpər-pə-siv, (ˌ)pər-ˈpō-\

Definition of PURPOSIVE

1
:  serving or effecting a useful function though not as a result of planning or design
2
:  having or tending to fulfill a conscious purpose or design :  purposeful
pur·po·sive·ly adverb
pur·po·sive·ness noun

Examples of PURPOSIVE

  1. <facial tics and other unconscious movements that one would not normally call purposive actions>

First Known Use of PURPOSIVE

1849

Rhymes with PURPOSIVE

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