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CONSTRUCTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does constructive mean? 

CONSTRUCTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective CONSTRUCTIVE has 2 senses:

1. constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development
2. emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good

  Familiarity information: CONSTRUCTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTRUCTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1constructive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

Context examples:

constructive criticism / a constructive attitude / a constructive philosophy / constructive permission

Similar:

creative (promoting construction or creation)

formative; plastic; shaping (forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning)

formative (capable of forming new cells and tissues)

inferential (based on interpretation; not directly expressed)

reconstructive; rehabilitative (helping to restore to good condition)

structural (concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study)

Also:

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)

Antonym:

destructive (causing destruction or much damage)


Sense 2constructive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good

Context example:

constructive criticism

Similar:

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)


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