Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving to improve or advance; helpful.
  • adjective Of or relating to construction; structural.
  • adjective Law Inferred, imputed, or presumed from circumstances.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of constructing, or of being employed in construction; formative; shaping.
  • Relating or pertaining to the act or process of construction; of the nature of construction.
  • Affirmative; inferring a result from a rule and the subsumption of a case under the rule: applied to arguments.
  • Deduced by construction or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred; imputed, in contradistinction to actual: applied, in law, to that which amounts in the eye of the law to an act, irrespective of whether it was really and intentionally performed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having ability to construct or form; employed in construction.
  • adjective Derived from, or depending on, construction, inference, or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred.
  • adjective helpful; promoting improvement; intended to help. Contrasted with destructive.
  • adjective (Law) acts having effects analogous to those of some statutory or common law crimes; as, constructive treason. Constructive crimes are no longer recognized by the courts.
  • adjective notice imputed by construction of law.
  • adjective a trust which may be assumed to exist, though no actual mention of it be made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to construction.
  • adjective Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.
  • adjective law Imputed by law; created to give legal effect to something for equitable reasons, as with constructive notice or a constructive trust.

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

  • adjective emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good
  • adjective constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

Etymologies

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construct +‎ -ive

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