purposive

adjective pur·po·sive \ ˈpər-pə-siv , (ˌ)pər-ˈpō- \

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

purposively

adverb

purposiveness

noun

Examples of purposive in a Sentence

  1. 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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