- 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.
- 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)
From Middle French constructif