- The definition of constructive is something that has a useful purpose or that is likely to cause improvements, or is something that is implied, rather than explicit.
- When you read a poem you wrote and your creative writing class gives you criticism designed to help you improve the poem, this is an example of constructive criticism.
- When an employer becomes liable for the actions of his employee because the law gives that liability to him, not because his actions make it obvious that he is liable, this is an example of constructive liability.
- helping to construct; leading to improvements or advances; formative; positive: constructive criticism
- of construction or structure
- inferred or implied by legal or judicial interpretation: constructive fraud
Origin of constructiveMedieval Latin constructivus
- Serving to improve or advance; helpful: constructive criticism.
- Of or relating to construction; structural.
- Law Inferred, imputed, or presumed from circumstances: The judge ruled that the tenant was subjected to a constructive eviction because the landlord had turned off all the utilities.
(comparative more constructive, superlative most constructive)
- (relating to construction): destructive
From Middle French constructif
constructive - Legal Definition
Something that, while not actually true, is imputed by the law to exist or to have occurred and treated as if it were actually so. For example, to say “I’m giving you my car” and to turn over the car keys would probably be considered a constructive delivery of the vehicle itself. See also legal fiction, actual, apparent, and impute.constructive bailment
See bailment.constructive contempt
See contempt.constructive delivery
See delivery.constructive eviction
See eviction.constructive fraud
See fraud.constructive notice
See notice.constructive service
See service.constructive trust