constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Definition of constructive

  1. 1 :  declared such by judicial construction or interpretation constructive fraud

  2. 2 :  of or relating to construction or creation

  3. 3 :  promoting improvement or development constructive criticism

constructively

adverb

constructiveness

noun

Examples of constructive in a Sentence

  1. I tried to offer constructive criticism.

  2. Your feedback was not very constructive.

  3. The program helps people recently released from prison figure out how they can play a constructive role in society.

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First Known Use of constructive

circa 1680


CONSTRUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

constructive

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Definition of constructive for English Language Learners

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


CONSTRUCTIVE Defined for Kids

constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Definition of constructive for Students

  1. :  helping to develop or improve something constructive criticism

constructively

adverb

Law Dictionary

constructive

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adjective con·struc·tive \kən-ˈstrək-tiv\

Legal Definition of constructive

  1. :  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 departure — Harvard Law Review — compare actual

constructively

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