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 But there are ways to have constructive and forward-moving conversations about it and that often takes a certain level of understanding and self-awareness. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Here's How 'Basketball Wives' Missed The Mark On The Colorism Conversation," 18 Oct. 2019 What appeared on the surface as constructive dialogue between Brooks’ allies and the Druid Heights Community Development Corp., the nonprofit planning the park, has since devolved into accusations of dishonesty and bad faith. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "A house divided: As family feuds, jazz great Cab Calloway’s former Baltimore home set for demolition," 17 Oct. 2019 Thanks to the two new candidates that are offering constructive conversations and are not mere puppets of the current administration. Ann Norman, cleveland, "What’s the most important thing on your local ballot this election?," 4 Oct. 2019 Kids are out there developing skills and doing something constructive. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' training camp: What is it like to have an NFL team practice in your backyard?," 25 July 2019 The biannual reports are a model of transparency and constructive criticism. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Aurora’s police department needs to be “fixed.” Now’s the perfect time to do it.," 1 Nov. 2019 Both sides are sending constructive signals ahead of the meeting in Chile. cleveland, "In China’s capital of Halloween slime and ooze, the trade war is a scary subject," 30 Oct. 2019 These skills can lead to better behavior on the playground, better focus in the classroom and the ability to resolve conflicts in constructive ways. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, chicagotribune.com, "How to manage intense emotions — both your child’s and your own," 23 Oct. 2019 These skills can lead to better behavior on the playground, better focus in the classroom and the ability to resolve conflicts in constructive ways. Washington Post, "How to manage intense emotions — both your child’s and your own," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Constructive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constructive. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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constructive

adjective
How to pronounce constructive (audio)

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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