Definition of constructive in English:

constructive

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Pronunciation: /kənˈstrʌktɪv
 
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adjective

1Having or intended to have a useful or beneficial purpose: constructive advice
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  • Comments, advice, suggestions or constructive criticism are especially welcome.
  • Any advice and/or constructive criticism is welcome, as always.
  • Oh, and thank you for all the advice, I love constructive criticism.
Synonyms
2 Law Not obvious or stated explicitly; derived by inference: constructive liability
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  • Traditionally there has been a reluctance to use a driving offence as the unlawful act in constructive manslaughter.
  • Further, the composition of liability as a constructive trustee is wider than a tracing order in equity.
  • The fault requirement for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm reveals that it is an offence of constructive liability.
3 Mathematics Relating to, based on, or denoting mathematical proofs which show how an entity may in principle be constructed or arrived at in a finite number of steps.
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  • He made a good start to solving this problem for n = 2 when he found a constructive proof of a finite basis for binary forms.
  • He is perhaps best known, however, as one of the founders of the constructive approach to contemporary mathematics.
  • His repudiation of excluded middle flows from his constructive conception of mathematics.

Origin

mid 17th century (in sense 2): from late Latin constructivus, from Latin construct- 'heap together', from the verb construere (see construct).

Derivatives

constructively

adverb
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  • ‘It looks like they were not prepared to look constructively at what the union put forward,’ he said.
  • Usually, Canada's policy is to constructively engage countries with human rights abuses to try to create change.
  • However these fears, such as they are, must be constructively met.

constructiveness

noun
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  • In fairness, the local authority have played an important part in improving the physical environment for business but their constructiveness in this regard is now being nullified by their destructiveness.
  • They feel that as the biggest constituent part of Britain, they have a sense of responsibility to other smaller parts and that they have to demonstrate a certain constructiveness to their political demands.
  • Multiple honour rolls could address different aspects, such as helpfulness to editors, high ratings from fellow reviewers, or good marks from rejected authors on constructiveness.

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