pur·​po·​sive | \ ˈpər-pə-siv How to pronounce purposive (audio) , (ˌ)pər-ˈpō- How to pronounce purposive (audio) \

Definition of purposive

1 : serving or effecting a useful function though not as a result of planning or design
2 : having or tending to fulfill a conscious purpose or design : purposeful

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Other Words from purposive

purposively adverb
purposiveness noun

Examples of purposive in a Sentence

facial tics and other unconscious movements that one would not normally call purposive actions

First Known Use of purposive

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of purposive was in 1849

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“Purposive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purposive. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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