constructive

adjective
con·​struc·​tive | \ kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce constructive (audio) \

Definition of constructive

1 : declared such by judicial construction or interpretation constructive fraud
2 : of or relating to construction or creation
3 : promoting improvement or development constructive criticism

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Other Words from constructive

constructively adverb
constructiveness noun

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Examples of constructive in a Sentence

I tried to offer constructive criticism. Your feedback was not very constructive. The program helps people recently released from prison figure out how they can play a constructive role in society.
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Recent Examples on the Web To resolve this, engage in a constructive dialogue aimed at finding a resolution to a specific challenge. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Thailand has agreed to support the plan that emerged from the ASEAN meeting, which includes ending violence in Myanmar and a constructive dialogue among all parties. Helen Regan And Kocha Olarn, CNN, 11 May 2021 Bach said Phoenix plans to continue constructive discussions with the Friends of Papago Park as time passes, but that misconceptions about the park and the project may be hindering conversations. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2020 These sorts of strategies can help reduce aggression toward hostile out-groups, which is critical for creating more opportunities for constructive dialogue addressing greater social injustices. Mina Cikara, Scientific American, 2 June 2015 Around nine out of ten managers have avoided giving constructive feedback to their employees for fear of the employees reacting poorly. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Even as Biden and administration officials have lately become tougher in their private calls, the White House has suggested that making those entreaties publicly would not be constructive. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 19 May 2021 In practice, the Basecamp folks have found that the evaluations are not constructive. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2021 Maybe the creative team can take some of Vulture’s constructive criticism to heart. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of constructive

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of constructive was circa 1680

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“Constructive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constructive. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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constructive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of constructive

: helping to develop or improve something : helpful to someone instead of upsetting and negative

constructive

adjective
con·​struc·​tive | \ kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce constructive (audio) \

Kids Definition of constructive

: helping to develop or improve something constructive criticism

Other Words from constructive

constructively adverb

constructive

adjective
con·​struc·​tive | \ kən-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce constructive (audio) \

Legal Definition of constructive

: created by a legal fiction: as
a : inferred by a judicial construction or interpretation
b : not actual but implied by operation of the law made a constructive entry when he refused to take the opportunity for a voluntary departureHarvard Law Review — compare actual

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constructively adverb

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