Constructive

[k_ə_n_s_t_ɹ_ˈʌ_k_t_ɪ_v], [kənstɹˈʌktɪv], [kənstɹˈʌktɪv]

Definitions of constructive:

  1.   Not direct or expressed, but inferred.
  2.   Building up, relating to anabolism, anabolic.
  3.   constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; " constructive criticism"; " a constructive attitude"; " a constructive philosophy"; " constructive permission"
  4.   Derived from, or depending on, construction or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred.
  5.   Constructively.
  6.   Depending on inference rather than explicit statement or established fact.
  7.   Pertaining to or formed by construction; inferred.
  8.   Not exactly expressed but inferred.
  9.   Involving or tending to construction; positive; affirmative.
  10.   By construction; not directly expressed, but inferred.
  11.   emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good; " constructive criticism"
  12.   Having the character of upbuilding; having the power to form or frame; tending to help rather than to hinder or depress; as, constructive work; constructive criticism.
  13.   Having ability to construct or form; employed in construction; as, to exhibit constructive power.

Antonyms for constructive:

cataclysmic, Annihilatory, cataclysmal, destructive, devastating, annihilating, corrosive, neutral, wasteful, disastrous, ravaging, crushing, blasting, negative, nonconstructive, damaging, ruinous, erosive, mordant, nonproductive, vitriolic, calamitous, caustic, annihilative, iconoclastic, withering, devastative, soul-destroying, unproductive.


Quotes for constructive:

  1. The roster of Nobel Peace Prize winners, though it has some strange people on it from time to time, tends to feature folks who fought for social justice in a nonviolent and constructive way somehow. – Guy Burgess
  2. But I think the bottom line right now is to take the constructive criticism and use that to build toward, as I say, the hurricane season that is 100 days away. And we don't have a lot of time to waste before we start to address that next set of challenges. – Michael Chertoff
  3. You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive optimistic, kind. – Emmet Fox
  4. If China wants to be a constructive active player in the world economy, it's got to respect intellectual property rights or it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them. – Dan Glickman
  5. Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive – Margaret Mead
  6. I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems. – Angela Merkel
  7. There is an irresistible demand to strengthen the leadership of the constructive forces of the world at the present momentous time. This is true because of stupendous, almost unbelievable changes which have taken place in recent years on every continent. – John Raleigh Mott
  8. When President Jiang Zemin visited India in 1996, the two sides decided that they would jointly build a constructive partnership of cooperation oriented towards the 21st century. – Li Peng
  9. Canada has always been a strong supporter of China's accession to the WTO... We look forward to playing a constructive role in helping complete China's accession. – Pierre Pettigrew
  10. I published in 1978 a report on dreams in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. It was the first study of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to make constructive use of their dreams to improve their lives. – Henry Reed
  11. You should tell yourself frequently 'I will only react to constructive suggestions.' This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others. – Jane Roberts
  12. Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. – David Rockefeller
  13. A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life is change but believes that the change can be directed toward a constructive end. – Henry A. Wallace
  14. I'm a participant in the doctrine of constructive ambiguity. – Vernon A. Walters
  15. I've studied all my musical life, but learning is only good if you do something constructive with it. – Tony Williams

Usage examples for constructive:

  1. History afforded no example of such a gigantic act of constructive statesmanship. ” – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  2. But it is a little constructive work- not a great one. ” – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  3. Bishop Lee, as President of Wilberforce University and a functionary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, rendered his race constructive service. ” – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  4. Now, however, American capitalism, like the world capitalist system of which it is a part, has exhausted its constructive role of building the industries. ” – Labor's Martyrs by Vito Marcantonio
  5. The child's reading should be constructive rather than destructive. ” – Children and Their Books by James Hosmer Penniman
  6. “ Rivadavia, the greatest constructive statesman of the era, undertook the reform of the laws and the administration. ” – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  7. We are already making good progress in the constructive use of atomic power. ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  8. Much critical and constructive work has been done during the past quarter of a century and is being done to- day. ” – An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy by W. Tudor Jones
  9. It was the first time in all the time she had known the girl that she had found her eagerly planning anything that was really constructive and beneficial to everyone. ” – Natalie: A Garden Scout by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  10. The Board of Consulting Engineers summoned by President Roosevelt in 1905 to advise the Isthmian Canal Commission recommended, in a majority report, a tide- level canal as practicable and best fulfilling the national requirements, defined by the Spooner Act of 1902. But whereas they had detailed schemes for high- level canals before them, they were in the matter of the sea- level project at the disadvantage of having to act in a constructive capacity and elaborate the details of a scheme before they could criticise it. ” – The Panama Canal and its Makers by Vaughan Cornish
  11. Do you realize, my dear, this marks the first time the C. E. L. has managed to put something constructive through Congress? ” – Voyage To Eternity by Milton Lesser
  12. It was strength, not weakness, that had put its stamp upon his countenance, and upon Anne's; the strength that survives the constructive years, the years of development. ” – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. He had inherited his father's constructive imagination, and his father's discipline had increased it. ” – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  14. What had all this dust- to- dust talk to do with any one as vital, and electric, and constructive as Molly Brandeis. ” – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  15. Presentation of a few fundamental facts, combined with vigorous discussion tending to develop the student's ability to use these facts, and particularly tending to develop a constructive habit of investigation, seems to be the most profitable use of time during the course of training. ” – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  16. Constructive plans should first be talked over with one's immediate superior, and with his approval carried to the next man, or he may carry them himself. ” – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  17. “ 584. " By instinct or design he eschews what demands constructive patience." ” – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  18. The scheme is, therefore, not so much constructive as decorative, and a great many of its most offensive qualities may be ascribed to the fact that the purposes for which it was designed have been omitted. ” – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  19. Finally comes the Woman's Movement for Constructive Peace, out of which has grown the organization of the Woman's Peace Party. ” – Our National Defense: The Patriotism of Peace by George Hebard Maxwell
  20. “ A character analysis party is a fascinating entertainment- the game is helpful to students and constructive for children. ” – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb

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