From purpose + -ive. Compare purpositive.
purposive (comparative more purposive, superlative most purposive)
- Serving a particular purpose; adapted to a given purpose, especially through natural evolution. [from 19th c.]
- Done or performed with a conscious purpose or intent. [from 19th c.]
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 191:
- Other ecclesiastics [...] were similarly accepting of a space for purposive and beneficent human action and betterment in a disenchanted world.
- (psychology) Pertaining to purpose, as reflected in behaviour or mental activity. [from 19th c.]
- Pertaining to or demonstrating purpose. [from 19th c.]
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 78:
- The world was generally agreed to be a purposive one, responsive to the wishes of its Creator […].
- Possessed of a firm purpose; determined, resolute. [from 20th c.]
- (grammar) Of a clause or conjunction: expressing purpose. [from 20th c.]
- Objects: behavior, action, interpretation, sample, etc.
expressing purpose (grammar)