constructive

[ kuhn-struhk-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF constructive
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Vaucanson was a man of the highest order of constructive genius.

He is fertile in plan and constructive in method because he has creative imagination.

The field is almost virgin, and the need for constructive programs is acute.

With a fifty-dollar teacher, constructive work was likely lacking.

We see at once that that doctrine was not negative but positive and constructive.

The new mayor had a constructive imagination and did not fear big ideas.

For three generations now our family have pursued a constructive policy.

Criticism, "A constructive critic of the book," 38-43;not opposed by artists, 62.

The child's reading should be constructive rather than destructive.

You could use this approach, but I don't think it's the most constructive one.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "derived by interpretation," from Middle French constructif or from Medieval Latin constructivus, from Latin construct-, past participle stem of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Meaning "pertaining to construction" is from 1817; "having the quality of constructing" is from 1841. Related: Constructively. Constructive criticism is attested by 1841.

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