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purposive

[pur-puh-siv] /ˈpɜr pə sɪv/
adjective
1.
having, showing, or acting with a purpose, intention, or design.
2.
adapted to a purpose or end.
3.
serving some purpose.
4.
determined; resolute.
5.
of or characteristic of purpose.
Origin of purposive
1850-1855
1850-55; purpose + -ive
Related forms
purposively, adverb
purposiveness, noun
nonpurposive, adjective
nonpurposively, adverb
nonpurposiveness, noun
prepurposive, adjective
semipurposive, adjective
semipurposively, adverb
semipurposiveness, noun
unpurposive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for purposive
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  • And if Nature is purposive, she is at work at something more than the completion of a prearranged plan.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • I understand his inner life by taking a purposive point of view.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Disobedience to the law in the shape of exaggeration or redundance of purposive movement indicates functional excess.

  • Since the ability to live is threatened by this specialization it cannot be purposive.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • In a word, a purposive being cannot have been the result of a purposeless process.

  • Co-ordinated and purposive though they be, they do not come within the sphere of the will.

  • Other curved lines suggest other purposive solutions of which nothing was thought in the rule that furnished their construction.

  • These are not authoritative, like the former, but purposive only.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • Mind, individual method, originality (these are convertible terms) signify the quality of purposive or directed action.

  • The purposive law is the only final cause which reason allows.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for purposive

purposive

/ˈpɜːpəsɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to, having, or indicating conscious intention
2.
serving a purpose; useful
Derived Forms
purposively, adverb
purposiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for purposive
adj.

1849, from purpose + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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