AskDefine | Define purposive

Dictionary Definition

purposive adj
1 having or showing or acting with a purpose or design; "purposive behavior"
2 having a purpose; "purposive behavior" [syn: goal-directed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Serving a particular purpose.
  2. Done or made with a conscious purpose.
  3. Pertaining to purpose.
  4. determined, resolute
  5. Of a clause or conjunction: expressing purpose.


expressing purpose (grammar)
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1