What does constructive mean?

Definitions for constructivekənˈstrʌk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constructive(adj)

    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

    "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"

  2. constructive(adj)

    emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good

    "constructive criticism"

GCIDE

  1. Constructive(a.)

    helpful; promoting improvement; intended to help; as, constructive criticism; constructive suggestions. Contrasted with destructive.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. constructif.]

Wiktionary

  1. constructive(Adjective)

    Relating to construction.

  2. constructive(Adjective)

    Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.

  3. constructive(Adjective)

    Imputed by law; created to give legal effect to something for equitable reasons, as with constructive notice or a constructive trust.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constructive(adj)

    having ability to construct or form; employed in construction; as, to exhibit constructive power

  2. Constructive(adj)

    derived from, or depending on, construction or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. constructif.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constructive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constructive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.:

    To take the measure of oneself by reference to one's colleagues leads to envy or complacency rather than constructive self-examination.

  2. Paul Hawken:

    Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

  3. The Palestinians:

    The United States every day searches for new ways to take constructive steps to support the parties in making progress toward achieving a negotiated settlement, the Security Council resolution put before us today is not one of those constructive steps.

  4. Ann Landers:

    All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

  5. John Kerry:

    Let me say that Russia has made constructive moves in the last days, there are some indications that whether it is line of control negotiations, or calm that is in place in a number of places, the withdrawal of certain people ... there are signs of constructive choices. That can only be helpful.

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