Definition of purposeful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəsfʊl/


1Having or showing determination or resolve: the purposeful stride of a great barrister
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  • 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.
2Having a useful purpose: purposeful activities
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  • 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
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpəsfʊlnəs/
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.
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