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ˈpɜr pə sɪvpur·po·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purposiveadjective

    having or showing or acting with a purpose or design

    "purposive behavior"

  2. goal-directed, purposiveadjective

    having a purpose

    "purposive behavior"


  1. purposiveadjective

    Serving a particular purpose; adapted to a given purpose, especially through natural evolution.

  2. purposiveadjective

    Done or performed with a conscious purpose or intent.

  3. purposiveadjective

    Pertaining to purpose, as reflected in behaviour or mental activity.

  4. purposiveadjective

    Relating to purpose.

  5. purposiveadjective

    Possessed of a firm purpose; determined, resolute.

  6. purposiveadjective

    Of a clause or conjunction: expressing purpose.

  7. Etymology: From. Compare purpositive.


  1. purposive

    The purposive approach (sometimes referred to as purposivism, purposive construction, purposive interpretation, or the modern principle in construction) is an approach to statutory and constitutional interpretation under which common law courts interpret an enactment (a statute, part of a statute, or a clause of a constitution) within the context of the law's purpose. Purposive interpretation is a derivation of mischief rule set in Heydon's Case, and intended to replace the mischief rule, the plain meaning rule and the golden rule. Purposive interpretation is used when the courts use extraneous materials from the pre-enactment phase of legislation, including early drafts, hansards, committee reports, and white papers. The purposive interpretation involves a rejection of the exclusionary rule. Israeli jurist Aharon Barak views purposive interpretation as a legal construction that combines subjective and objective elements. Barak states that the subjective elements include the intention of the author of the text, whereas the objective elements include the intent of the reasonable author and the legal system's fundamental values.Critics of purposivism argue it fails to separate the powers between the legislator and the judiciary, as it allows more freedom in interpretation by way of extraneous materials in interpreting the law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purposiveadjective

    having or indicating purpose or design

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purposive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purposive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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