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[mee-ning-fuh l] /ˈmi nɪŋ fəl/
full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant:
a meaningful wink; a meaningful choice.
Origin of meaningful
1850-55; meaning + -ful
Related forms
meaningfully, adverb
meaningfulness, noun
See expressive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meaningful
  • People's screen names are often meaningful to them, even if they are inscrutable to others.
  • It is known for the quality of its programs and for meaningful engagement with the communities it serves.
  • On the spending side, immediate cuts are limited, though more meaningful reductions will take effect in years to come.
  • Visitors have few chances for a meaningful interaction.
  • Happier people have more meaningful conversations.
  • Holiday gift giving becomes much more meaningful when the gift keeps on growing.
  • If the optical project does detect a pulse, it's not clear what meaningful two-way communication could ensue.
  • And there's no denying that it can sometimes be useful to treat the syllabus as a meaningful resource for the whole semester.
  • meaningful immigration reform is not possible without meaningful agricultural reform.
  • Make holiday meals even more meaningful by sustaining endangered and threatened species through your food choices.
British Dictionary definitions for meaningful


having great meaning or validity
eloquent, expressive: a meaningful silence
Derived Forms
meaningfully, adverb
meaningfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for meaningful

1827, from meaning (n.) + -ful. Related: Meaningfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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