constructive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French constructif.

Morphologically construct +‎ -ive.

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constructive (comparative more constructive, superlative most constructive)

  1. Relating to or causing construction.
  2. Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.
  3. (law) Imputed by law; created to give legal effect to something for equitable reasons, as with constructive notice or a constructive trust.
  4. Not direct or expressed, but inferred.
    • 1978, Nixon, Richard, “The Presidency 1973-1974”, in RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon[1], Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, OL 7561812M, page 1077:
      A President's power begins slipping away the moment it is known that he is going to leave: I had seen that in 1952, in 1960, in 1968. On the eve of my resignation I knew that my role was already a symbolic one, and that Gerald Ford's was now the constructive one. My telephone calls and meetings and decisions were now parts of a prescribed ritual aimed at making peace with the past; his calls, his meetings, and his decisions were already the ones that would shape America's future.

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  • (relating to or causing construction): destructive
  • (carefully considered and meant to be helpful): destructive

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃s.tʁyk.tiv/
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Adjective[edit]

constructive

  1. feminine singular of constructif