Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having meaning, function, or purpose.
  • adj. Fraught with meaning; significant: A meaningful glance. See Synonyms at expressive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having meaning, significant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a meaning or purpose; having significance. Opposite of meaningless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of meaning; significant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a meaning or purpose

Etymologies

meaning +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I first heard the phrase "meaningful adjacencies," I had no idea how powerful the concept would prove to be.

    CNN.com

  • One of the things I always teach my students is to project themselves into what I call the meaningful life.

    Rock legends share stories, advice with students

  • The great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung coined the term “synchronicity” to define what he called meaningful coincidences in your life.

    Knock and the Door Will Open

  • BLITZER: President Obama says the negotiators at the climate change summit in Copenhagen have reached what he calls a meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2009

  • A short while ago, the president announced what he called a meaningful and unprecedented agreement.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2009

  • He has announced what he calls a meaningful climate change deal with China and other nations in Copenhagen.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2009

  • Obama's health plan requires employers to offer what he calls meaningful coverage or contribute to a national fund to help people who can't afford health care pay for it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2008

  • Obama health care plan requires employers to offer what he calls meaningful coverage or contribute to a national fund that would help people who can't afford health care pay for it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2008

  • COOPER: A source has told CNN that the Iraq Study Group's going to recommend a gradual but what they call meaningful reduction of U.S. troops as early as January.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2006

  • He concluded his presentation by congratulating the audience for asking what he called meaningful questions about the superintendent search.

    The OBSERVER

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