Definition of purposeful
- purposeful activities
- purposeful ambiguity
- was soft-spoken but purposeful
a soft-spoken but purposeful criminal investigator
there's a difference between a purposeful lie and an accidental untruth
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adamant, adamantine, dogged, hard, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful);
on one's mettle;
: having a clear aim or purpose
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