Definition of purposeful in English:

purposeful

Line breaks: pur¦pose|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəsfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

adjective

1Having or showing determination or resolve: the purposeful stride of a great barrister
More example sentences
  • Lani strode from the hall, purposeful steps and determined expression a warning to all the servants in the palace.
  • Up close, she could tell that the two of them could not be much older than her or Alisha, and they both wore a determined and purposeful look.
  • He takes the stage with a stride that's purposeful, elegant, even serene, befitting a Californian who seriously loves surfing, martial arts and fast cars.
Synonyms
2Having a useful purpose: purposeful activities
More example sentences
  • Crisp, purposeful but most importantly useful - almost a personal assistant, perhaps even a personal digital assistant.
  • ‘An important aspect of the prison regime is that of rehabilitation and encouraging prisoners in a positive and purposeful activity,’ a spokesman said.
  • This is determined by the central place the means and methods occupy in the structure of people's meaningful and purposeful activity.
3Intentional: if his sudden death was not accidental, it must have been purposeful
More example sentences
  • The term ‘spectator’ as that word is understood in its ordinary sense in context with the statutory terms, is a purposeful, knowing or intentional observer of an event.
  • But in this case, I think the problem is more the reporter's innate prejudice than any purposeful intention to smear the U.S. Army.
  • The state calculated the amount of purposeful underpayment by Chevron to be $13.5 million over the thirteen years and the jury agreed.

Derivatives

purposefully

adverb
More example sentences
  • They're purposefully designed to keep us in line by giving us a glimpse of what life would be like if schools didn't exist.
  • Because the Snaps were purposefully engineered for specific jobs and would keep the physical world ticking.
  • Dumas adopts a purposefully naïve style in order to express her meaning.

purposefulness

noun
More example sentences
  • There has always been a furious doggedness to him, a strong-willed purposefulness that drove him, sometimes headlong, through life.
  • Hess may have been noted above all for the poetry of her performances, but there is ample evidence here of her power and purposefulness.
  • The criminal ‘justice’ system functions to alienate and isolate the accused individual, to destroy one's power and purposefulness and to weave a web of confusion and mystification around any legal proceedings.

Definition of purposeful in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: niːˈɒt(ə)ni
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal