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purposive

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adjective pur·po·sive \ˈpər-pə-siv, (ˌ)pər-ˈpō-\

Definition of purposive

  1. 1 :  serving or effecting a useful function though not as a result of planning or design

  2. 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>



1849

First Known Use of purposive

1849

Rhymes with purposive


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