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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
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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  • But this requires a new and purposive round of brainstorming.
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.

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