Definition of "constructive" []

  • Serving to improve or advance; helpful: constructive criticism. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to construction; structural. (adjective)
  • Law Based on an interpretation; not directly expressed. (adjective)
  • Serving to build or improve; positive (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred (adjective)
  • Having a deemed legal effect (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "constructive" in a sentence
  • "I have no problem with you coming onto this board and engaging in constructive discussions with us, but constructive is the key word here."
  • "The term constructive also refers to the ultimate spiritual attainments - liberation from the recurring problems of uncontrollable rebirth (Skt. samsara) and, beyond that, enlightenment as a Buddha."
  • "Jiang said China has maintained close and cooperative relations with all parties involved in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and always adopts what she described as a constructive attitude."