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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.


  1. constructive

    Constructive refers to something that is helpful or beneficial, often contributing to progress, improvement, or the achievement of a specific goal. It can also refer to a way of expressing opinions or criticism in a positive manner that encourages development, growth or positive change. In mathematics or logic, constructive refers to theories or methods that prove the existence of a mathematical object by creating or providing a method for creating it.

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. Michael Brandwein:

    Play is one of the most important ways that young people of all ages develop, so long as your summer agenda challenges them to socialize and talk about it in a constructive way, they won't need camp to have a good time at all.

  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

    Obviously we are not the kind of country where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters, we will ensure that everything is done to resolve this through dialogue and constructive outcomes.

  3. Rikard Scoufias:

    Our view has not changed. We have a commitment to investing in Greece, it's not only doom and gloom. There are actually investors who are looking in Greece and our partnership with the Hellenic Republic has been very constructive.

  4. Peter Wittig:

    And she has said many times she will not go back to the campaign, but will want to engage with him in a constructive manner, and I think that’s what we want to see tomorrow.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    We expressed our continued appreciation for the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Jordan and engaged in a constructive dialogue on regional stability, counter-terrorism, security cooperation, Middle East peace, economic development and other shared challenges.

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  • Gretchen Violet Kirsch
    Gretchen Violet Kirsch
    what does it mean in science.
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