Definition of purposive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərpəsiv/


Having, serving, or done with a purpose: teaching is a purposive activity
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  • They look for a collective life involving emotional, intellectual and physical inputs in some purposive activity.
  • Each is defined by one of three aspects of purposive human activity, and this is its ‘horizonal schema’ or ‘pattern’.
  • In this microscopic view, experience is revealed as having a foundation of ceaseless activity, of short-lived purposive impulses.



Example sentences
  • The primary data were purposively collected, from 30 sample farmers in two sample villages in North Arcot district for various crops and farm size under irrigated and rainfed conditions.
  • As a result, the process of the origination of species constantly hides and even annihilates those origins, not purposively but through random carnage and mere oblivion.
  • This approach allows the researcher to sample purposively (if not randomly) and so ensure a wide range of characteristics of interviewees.


Example sentences
  • This point of view mediates the animal's experience and conveys its purposiveness and emotional states, without suggesting that the animal itself relies on language or a symbolic understanding of its environment.
  • This principle of common sense is the form that the general a priori principle of the purposiveness of nature for judgment takes when we are trying to understand the subjective conditions of aesthetic judgments of beauty.
  • In an effort to compare the evolution of purposiveness with the additional attributes of intentionality, a simple test of purposiveness was devised based primarily on the criterion of rationality.

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Syllabification: pur·pos·ive

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