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Definitions for constructive
kənˈstrʌk tɪvcon·struc·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constructiveadjective

    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

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

  2. constructiveadjective

    emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good

    "constructive criticism"


  1. Constructiveadjective

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


  1. constructiveadjective

    Relating to construction.

  2. constructiveadjective

    Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.

  3. constructiveadjective

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


  1. Constructive

    Although the general English usage of the adjective constructive is "helping to develop or improve something; helpful to someone, instead of upsetting and negative," as in the phrase "constructive criticism," in legal writing constructive has a different meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constructiveadjective

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

  2. Constructiveadjective

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

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

Editors Contribution

  1. constructive

    Accurate, specific and responsible feedback to enable accurate solidarity, cohesion, improvement, stability, unity and teamwork.

    Constructive feedback is always welcomed when it's given with love, empathy and understanding.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  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

Examples of constructive in a Sentence

  1. President Hassan Rouhani:

    I am sure that with cooperation and effort inside the country, and constructive engagement with the world, our economy can bloom and develop.

  2. Heiko Maas:

    We know that the Syrian conflict, for example, can't be solved without Russia. But it must then come up with constructive offers in return.

  3. Reuters Health:

    The Dr. Oz Show, the observation that some of the topics discussed on the show may differ from popular opinion or various academic analyses affirms that we are furthering a constructive dialogue about health and wellness.

  4. John Kerry:

    Right now we're trying to have a constructive conversation with everybody, in the end, though, this isn't up to the international community or others.

  5. Erin Hill:

    Small-donor energy was everywhere, people wanted to do something constructive with their frustration.

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    what does it mean in science.
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pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
  • A. urban
  • B. whirring
  • C. handsome
  • D. nasty

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