adjective \ˈpər-pə-siv, (ˌ)pər-ˈpō-\

Definition of PURPOSIVE

:  serving or effecting a useful function though not as a result of planning or design
:  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


Rhymes with PURPOSIVE


Next Word in the Dictionary: purposivism
Previous Word in the Dictionary: purposer
All Words Near: purposive

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up purposive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More