Definition of purposeful in English:


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


  • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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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