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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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Reminiscent of what Kant once said about purposiveness without purpose or free conformity to law, Steward's idea of top-down causation or giant coincidences is compelling and persuasive together with her criticism against what she regards as the outmoded Cartesian-Newtonian science, but it may not be so easily equated with the notion of agency as she defines it.
We affirm our faith in the purposiveness of history where people can transcend bondage and death and are prepared to offer one's own life for it.
Explaining party cohesion and discipline in democratic legislatures: purposiveness and contexts.
Thus we can at least observe a purposiveness according to form,
What is being called out is the purposiveness and prescriptiveness of africology.
This energy and purposiveness is present in a number of works employing the pagan and Dionysian concept of sparagmos, whereby in the moment of ritual dismemberment the god is revealed.
The same notion in the realm of aesthetics resurfaces when Kant speaks in his Critique of Judgment of art's purposiveness without purpose: "Fine art .
that all creation between the skies and the earth are in definite ratio (qadra), and there is purposiveness in all the creations.
Lachs objects that Hegel's teleology mistakenly "wrenches purposiveness out of any relation to the future and restricts it to past events and their culmination in the present moment" (29).
For Plato, the purposiveness that gives direction to the actualization of these potentialities is found in the providential order within a divine intellect.
What she prizes is a sense of cognitive empowerment--of "comfort"--that arises from the detection of purposiveness in a certain configuration.
To anticipate a point we will make later, Mill's lecture presents this capacity by presenting the objects of both its purposiveness and its abhorrence as objects open to its audience's view, like a catalogue or lading list.