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From meaning +‎ -ful.


  • IPA(key): /ˈminɪŋfʊl/
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meaningful (comparative more meaningful, superlative most meaningful)

  1. Having meaning, significant.
    I think we made a meaningful contribution to this project today.
    • 1948, Ray Bradbury, Tomorrow's Child
      "This baby is the one that counts. I dare say Polly here wouldn't want any other, would you, Polly?"
      "This baby, this baby," said Polly.
      Wolcott gave Peter Horn a meaningful look. Horn interpreted it correctly. This baby or no more Polly ever again. This baby or Polly would be in a quiet room somewhere staring into space for the rest of her life.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But the Danes remained resolute in defence - largely thanks to a spirited display by captain Daniel Agger - and they went ahead with their first meaningful attack.


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