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purposeful

[pur-puh s-fuh l] /ˈpɜr pəs fəl/
adjective
1.
having a purpose.
2.
determined; resolute.
3.
full of meaning; significant.
Origin of purposeful
1850-1855
1850-55; purpose + -ful
Related forms
purposefully, adverb
purposefulness, noun
Can be confused
purposefully, purposely.
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  • Such talk it is which, when earnestly and purposefully conducted, clears the public mind and shapes the demands of public opinion.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
  • Then the figure moved forward again, cautiously, purposefully.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • He had walked steadily and purposefully, with some definite destination in mind.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • He came quickly and purposefully, and he was Mr. Schultz—none other.

  • Its progress will be intelligent only when it works rationally and purposefully upon the problems with which it is confronted.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
British Dictionary definitions for purposefully

purposeful

/ˈpɜːpəsfʊl/
adjective
1.
having a definite purpose in view
2.
fixed in one's purpose; determined
Derived Forms
purposefully, adverb
purposefulness, noun
Usage note
Purposefully is sometimes wrongly used where purposely is meant: he had purposely (not purposefully) left the door unlocked
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Word Origin and History for purposefully

purposeful

adj.

1835, from purpose (n.) + -ful. Related: Purposefully.

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