Meaning of CONSTRUCTIVE in English


/ kənˈstrʌktɪv; NAmE / adjective

having a useful and helpful effect rather than being negative or with no purpose :

constructive criticism / suggestions / advice

His work involved helping hyperactive children to use their energy in a constructive way.

The government is encouraging all parties to play a constructive role in the reform process.

—compare destructive

►  con·struct·ive·ly adverb



mid 17th cent. (in the sense not obvious): from late Latin constructivus , from Latin construct- heap together, from the verb construere , from con- together + struere pile, build.

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