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1. Having a purpose; intentional: a purposeful musician.
2. Having or manifesting purpose; determined: entered the room with a purposeful look.

pur′pose·ful·ly adv.
pur′pose·ful·ness n.
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  1. Came around … deliberately like the gun turret of a great ship —Donald McCaig
  2. Dedicated as a Japanese artist who has found the flower he must paint all his life —William Mcllvanney
  3. Deliberate as a bee taking honey —Molly Kean
  4. Deliberate as a dog sniffing out a buried bone —Anon
  5. Effort as conscious and deliberate as holding his breath under water —William Peden

    From a short story entitled Night in Funland, this refers to a character’s effort to control his emotions.

  6. Had a plan … simple as Cain’s —Alma and Paul Ellerbe
  7. His time was organized, planned like the timetable of a battle maneuver —Arthur A. Cohen
  8. Intent as a cannibal at breakfast —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  9. Intent as a collector —W. H. Auden
  10. Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend —Walter Savage Landor
  11. Method is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one —Richard Cecil
  12. Moved like a steamroller, in a straight line, crushing everything that was in her way —Margaret Millar
  13. My will is like a long pencil, it must be sharpened —Delmore Schwartz
  14. (I have always envied the man who found one single role and) played it [a role or life plan], clung and grew to it like a barnacle on a ship —George Garrett

    See Also: CLINGING

  15. Rehearsed her sensuality like a summa-cum student —Francine du Plessix Gray

    See Also: SEX

  16. (Somewhere in the earth is a drain of) resolution filling as a fresh teapot —Daniela Gioseffi
  17. (He had) a resolution in him like an iron bar —Wallace Stegner
  18. Schemed like Arabs —Thomas McGuane
  19. (Ruthless and) singleminded as birds of prey —George Garrett
  20. Used her charm like a tennis racket —Delmore Schwartz
  21. Will without power is like children playing at soldiers —George Canning
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purposefulness - the quality of having a definite purpose
meaningfulness - the quality of having great value or significance
aimlessness, purposelessness - the quality of lacking any definite purpose
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