pur·​pose·​ful ˈpər-pəs-fəl How to pronounce purposeful (audio)
: having a purpose: such as
: meaningful
purposeful activities
: intentional
purposeful ambiguity
: full of determination
was soft-spoken but purposeful
purposefully adverb
purposefulness noun

Examples of purposeful in a Sentence

a soft-spoken but purposeful criminal investigator there's a difference between a purposeful lie and an accidental untruth
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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of purposeful was in 1853

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“Purposeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purposeful. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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