non·​pur·​po·​sive ˌnän-ˈpər-pə-siv How to pronounce nonpurposive (audio)
: not purposive
nonpurposive behavior
nonpurposive language

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonpurposive was in 1892

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“Nonpurposive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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