Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Involving or tending to construction; positive; affirmative.

Part of speech: adjective

Depending on inference rather than explicit statement or established fact.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", H. G. Wells.