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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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The study was conducted in ICUs across three purposively selected hospitals of one private sector hospital group.
Fourthly, we must organise British industry so that it applies the results of scientific research more purposively to our national production effort.
The variety of philosophical themes on which he has written and the diversity of philosophers that he has studied seriously, show how he purposively avoided being castled in just one field or author.
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