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

  • adj. Serving to improve or advance; helpful: constructive criticism.
  • adj. Of or relating to construction; structural.
  • adj. Law Based on an interpretation; not directly expressed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having ability to construct or form; employed in construction.
  • adj. Derived from, or depending on, construction, inference, or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred.
  • adj. helpful; promoting improvement; intended to help. Contrasted with destructive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

construct +‎ -ive



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