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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)

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.

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."