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purposeful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of purposeful

  1. 1 fully committed to achieving a goal <a soft-spoken but purposeful criminal investigator> Synonyms bent (on or upon), bound, decisive, do-or-die, firm, hell-bent (on or upon), intent, out, determined, resolute, resolved, set, single-mindedRelated Words bitter, vehement; certain, cocksure, confident, positive, sure; earnest, serious; steady, unfaltering, unhesitating, unswerving, unwavering; adamant, adamantine, dogged, hard, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)Near Antonyms distrustful, doubtful, dubious, mistrustful, skeptical, suspicious, uncertain, unconvinced, undecided, unsettled, unsure; disinclined, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctantAntonyms faltering, hesitant, indecisive, irresolute, undetermined, unresolved, vacillating, wavering, weak-kneed

  2. 2 made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing <there's a difference between a purposeful lie and an accidental untruth> Synonyms conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, intentional, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingRelated Words designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms inadvertent, unwitting; accidental, chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, incidental, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; coerced, forced, involuntary; compulsory, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required; casual; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unforced, unpremeditatedAntonyms nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional





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