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
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
I have no problem with you coming onto this board and engaging in constructive discussions with us, but constructive is the key word here.
The term constructive also refers to the ultimate spiritual attainments - liberation from the recurring problems of uncontrollable rebirth (Skt. samsara) and, beyond that, enlightenment as a Buddha.
Jiang said China has maintained close and cooperative relations with all parties involved in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and always adopts what she described as a constructive attitude.
In the first significant sign of a thaw, senior diplomats held what they described as constructive talks last month on the sidelines of a regional security conference in Bali, Indonesia.
Having a lot on your mind at 3am is not good for you," says Dr Tippett, and to prevent that from sabotaging your entire night's sleep you should make some time in the day for what she calls "constructive worrying"."
People who finger point and blame are rated poorly so the key is to be what I call a "constructive irritant".
And even those who commend President Bush for what they call a constructive response to globalization predict the latest free trade proposals would leave American workers in need of government help to find new jobs.
This idea of no value and ambiguity, you know, certainly successive administrations used what they called constructive ambiguity to keep certain countries to tow the line.
Now this is what I call a constructive post, not like other blogs out there trying to gather attention and repeat the same stuff all over.
Is that what you call the constructive debate which I should welcome?