from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The characteristic of being constructive.
- n. creativity, the capacity to invent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Tendency or ability to form or construct.
- n. The faculty which enables one to construct, as in mechanical, artistic, or literary matters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In phrenology, the tendency to construct in general, supposed not to be an independent faculty, but to take its particular direction from other faculties. It is said to be large in painters, sculptors, mechanicians, and architects. See cut under phrenology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of serving to build or improve
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The instinct of constructiveness, which is one of the chief incentives to artistic creation, can find in scientific systems a satisfaction more massive than any epic poem.
This shews that our heroine has great mechanical genius; or, to speak phrenologically, that her "constructiveness," "comparison," and "calculation" are well developed.
America can never leave because American troops always bring their kindness and constructiveness with them, and their rule of law.
Perhaps both sides can agree it would be an unalloyed positive if the BHA targeted counterproductive, mechanical and needless whip use – those who habitually reach for the whip as first resort or carry on using it beyond the point of constructiveness.
And if the number of hits an article received was proportionate to the quality and constructiveness of its content, then it'd be problem solved.
The insurance industry spent months presenting an aura of "quiet constructiveness," he noted, only to launch a sudden "broadside" that rocked the Senate Finance Committee and "shocked" the administration.
Closer in understanding to the dyadic fluctuations implicit in melodic constructiveness than to the multidirectional accommodations of codependent harmony, Hogle's concept of "motion" views Shelleyan process as "a drive toward a counterpart rising ahead of it and a harking back to a different one receding in its wake."
The journey from melodic constructiveness to harmonic oneness accrues through a process of opening upon origin, or "source," as itself the endlessly shifting, endlessly emergent containment of one thing in and as all other things.
A truly oscillatory process is one in which both dimensions of aesthetic experience — melodic constructiveness and harmonic priority — die into each other as the creative mind — a mind continuous, as Lussier affirms, with the universe — experiences its own creativity as a mode of eternal fading or dying.
However, being in China for 16 months and basically seeing/reading more injustice, empty/uneducated criticisms, and helplessness than actual Truth and constructiveness mostly in form of each side bashing the other's media outlets - yes, I do have my own opinions: A press should always be free!