What does the word constructive mean?

Usage examples for constructive

  1. Sarah Fielding, the great novelist's sister, but herself one of Richardson's literary seraglio, had a good deal of her brother's humour, but very little of his constructive grasp of life. – The English Novel by George Saintsbury
  2. There will be more head- work put into the various articles, but the mass of constructive material must be machine- made, at least for the family of limited income. – The Cost of Shelter by Ellen H. Richards
  3. He had judged her fickle, impulsive, erratic, perhaps merely because her mind followed a different process from his, because while he went upon the lines of constructive truth, her guide was a more immediate and instinctive sense of beauty. – Marriage by H. G. Wells