purposive
adjective Date: 1849 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 ; purposefulpurposively adverbpurposiveness noun

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  • Purposive — Pur po*sive, a. Having or indicating purpose or design. Purposive characters. Bastian. [1913 Webster] Purposive modification of structure in a bone. Owen. [1913 Webster] It is impossible that the frog should perform actions morepurposive than… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purposive — index aforethought, express, purposeful Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • purposive — 1855, from PURPOSE (Cf. purpose) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • purposive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or done with a purpose. DERIVATIVES purposively adverb purposiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • purposive — [pʉr′pəs iv] adj. 1. serving some purpose 2. having a purpose purposively adv …   English World dictionary

  • purposive — purposively, adv. purposiveness, n. /perr peuh siv/, adj. 1. having, showing, or acting with a purpose, intention, or design. 2. adapted to a purpose or end. 3. serving some purpose. 4. determined; resolute. 5. of or characteristic of purpose.… …   Universalium

  • purposive — adjective a) Serving a particular purpose. b) Done or made with a conscious purpose. See Also: purposeful …   Wiktionary

  • purposive — adjective having or done with a particular purpose. Derivatives purposively adverb purposiveness noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • purposive — pur·pos·ive …   English syllables

  • purposive — pur•pos•ive [[t]ˈpɜr pə sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) having or acting with a purpose or intention 2) serving some purpose 3) determined; resolute • Etymology: 1850–55 pur′pos•ive•ly, adv. pur′pos•ive•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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