purposeful

adjective pur·pose·ful \ ˈpər-pəs-fəl \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of purposeful

1 : having a purpose: such as
a : meaningful
  • purposeful activities
b : intentional
  • purposeful ambiguity
2 : full of determination
  • was soft-spoken but purposeful

purposefully

play \ˈpər-pəs-fə-lē\ adverb

purposefulness

noun

Examples of purposeful in a Sentence

  1. a soft-spoken but purposeful criminal investigator

  2. there's a difference between a purposeful lie and an accidental untruth

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First Known Use of purposeful

1853

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PURPOSEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

purposeful

Definition of purposeful for English Language Learners

  • : having a clear aim or purpose


PURPOSEFUL Defined for Kids

purposeful

adjective pur·pose·ful \ ˈpər-pəs-fəl \

Definition of purposeful for Students

: having a clear intention or aim

purposefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

purposefulness

noun


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