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

Synonyms & Antonyms for constructive

Synonyms

formative, productive

Antonyms

nonconstructive, nonproductive, unproductive

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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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The ongoing volatility between the university’s administration and its board of governors has made constructive negotiations impossible. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "DMC, Wayne State fight for years with millions of dollars and care of poor at stake," 20 June 2019 To be fair, many online reviews are definitely not meant as constructive criticism. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Everybody's a critic: What Louisville restaurateurs really think of your Yelp review," 17 June 2019 The program is to survey existing conditions and make constructive recommendations aimed at reducing the potential for future crime or becoming a victim. baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen: Free Starbucks at farmers market next two Thursdays," 6 June 2019 In cosmology, destruction is not arbitrary chaos, but constructive and totally necessary, clearing the way for future growth. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Life on Earth May Have Been Born From a Maelstrom of Molten Iron," 15 Jan. 2019 Your therapist isn’t receptive to constructive criticism. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 9 Mar. 2019 If that happens, try to ask constructive questions. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 The most notable period of (constructive) intervention occurred afterward its publication, from 1844 to 1864. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "President Macron Wants to See Notre-Dame Cathedral Restored in Five Years," 16 Apr. 2019 That is why there is also a constructive harmony here. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 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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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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