Meaning of CONSTRUCTIVE in English


— constructively , adv. — constructiveness , n.

/keuhn struk"tiv/ , adj.

1. constructing or tending to construct; helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive ): constructive criticism.

2. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of construction; structural.

3. deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential: constructive permission.

4. Law. denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.

[ 1670-80; constructivus, equiv. to L construct ( us ) (see CONSTRUCT) + ivus -IVE ]

Syn. 1. productive, helpful, handy, useful.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .