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meaningful

[mee-ning-fuh l] /ˈmi nɪŋ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant:
a meaningful wink; a meaningful choice.
Origin of meaningful
1850-1855
1850-55; meaning + -ful
Related forms
meaningfully, adverb
meaningfulness, noun
Synonyms
See expressive.
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  • Baker glanced at us meaningfully and murmured, "I was afraid of this."

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell
  • "Little as you deserve it," added Lord Essendine, meaningfully.

  • Strong failed to notice Roger's face darken, and Tom and Astro look at each other meaningfully.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • After all, one must be fully aware of the nature of Evil in order to meaningfully reject it.

    Keep Your Shape Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for meaningfully

meaningful

/ˈmiːnɪŋfʊl/
adjective
1.
having great meaning or validity
2.
eloquent, expressive: a meaningful silence
Derived Forms
meaningfully, adverb
meaningfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meaningfully

meaningful

adj.

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

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