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1. Having or serving a purpose.
2. Purposeful: purposive behavior.

pur′po·sive·ly adv.
pur′po·sive·ness n.


1. relating to, having, or indicating conscious intention
2. serving a purpose; useful
ˈpurposively adv
ˈpurposiveness n


(ˈpɜr pə sɪv)

1. having or acting with a purpose or intention.
2. serving some purpose.
3. determined; resolute.
pur′pos•ive•ly, adv.
pur′pos•ive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.purposive - having or showing or acting with a purpose or design; "purposive behavior"
nonrandom - not random
2.purposive - having a purpose; "purposive behavior"
purposeful - serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal


adj remark, statement, action, behaviourgezielt; the purposive use of scientific progressder gezielte Einsatz des wissenschaftlichen Fortschritts; to be purposiveeinen Zweck verfolgen
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First engaging with the three strategies of theoretical, purposeful, and purposive sampling, the initial chapters use three cases to illustrate the empiricism of grounded theory and theoretical sampling from the traditions of positivism to constructivism, the practicality and judgments of the researcher implementing purposeful sampling strategies, and the interpretive analytic induction of theoretical or purposive sampling, with examples of these methodologies in practice.