Constructiveness



[kuh n-struhk-tiv] /kənˈstrʌk tɪv/

adjective
1.
or tending to ; helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to ):
constructive criticism.
2.
of, relating to, or of the nature of ; .
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.
/kənˈstrʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to build or improve; positive: constructive criticism
2.
(law) deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred
3.
(law) having a deemed legal effect: constructive notice
4.
another word for structural
adj.

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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