Purposive definition

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Having or serving a purpose.
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Purposeful.

Purposive behavior.

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Serving some purpose.
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Having a purpose.
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Serving a particular purpose; adapted to a given purpose, especially through natural evolution. [from 19th c.]
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Done or performed with a conscious purpose or intent. [from 19th c.]
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(psychology) Pertaining to purpose, as reflected in behaviour or mental activity. [from 19th c.]
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Pertaining to to or demonstrating purpose. [from 19th c.]
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Possessed of a firm purpose; determined, resolute. [from 20th c.]
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(grammar) Of a clause or conjunction: expressing purpose. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of purposive

  • From purpose +"Ž -ive. Compare purpositive.

    From Wiktionary