Definition of purposeful in English:

purposeful

adjective

  • 1Having or showing determination or resolve:

    ‘the purposeful stride of a great barrister’
    • ‘Turning, he walked down the hall with long purposeful strides.’
    • ‘At the age of 35 he continues to cover the ground with a purposeful stride.’
    • ‘But Kinamori was not fooled by his purposeful stride; rather she became tense with fear and suspicion.’
    • ‘Men and women of various ages and shapes were taking purposeful strides, either walking, jogging, or running.’
    • ‘He has always found it easier to look purposeful by striding about on the world stage than by getting stuck into the messy business of domestic politics.’
    • ‘Her father's face was a crimson colour with his hands held in fists at his sides, and her mother was walking purposeful strides towards her.’
    • ‘He takes the stage with a stride that's purposeful, elegant, even serene, befitting a Californian who seriously loves surfing, martial arts and fast cars.’
    • ‘Krys began walking in long, purposeful strides toward S & S. ‘Do you know?’’
    • ‘The purposeful stride of a child-protagonist is shown largely through a close-up of his feet.’
    • ‘They walked in the blazing noonday sun with a new purposeful stride.’
    • ‘He set off for the pasture with a purposeful stride.’
    • ‘Kings Cross wasn't too bad; I got used to the dealers and hookers hassling me, and they seemed to recognise by my purposeful stride that I was a local and left me alone for the best part.’
    • ‘His sprightly frame is totally erect with not a hint of a stoop and his quick stride and purposeful gait would put men half his age to shame.’
    • ‘Taking slow, purposeful strides he took the seat next to Victoria on the bench and wrapped his arms around her; pulling her close to him so she could cry into his shoulder.’
    • ‘They don't beg and harass the stream of crowds that pass them with purposeful strides, the way their counterparts do in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods.’
    • ‘The relentless sun beating down, our initially purposeful stride declines to a sporadic meander as we ascend the steps.’
    • ‘It was noticeable that when Phillips, still the pupil, came to that fence, it was surer, the stride more purposeful, the energy of youth omnipotent.’
    • ‘Up close, she could tell that the two of them could not be much older than her or Alisha, and they both wore a determined and purposeful look.’
    • ‘Lani strode from the hall, purposeful steps and determined expression a warning to all the servants in the palace.’
    determined, resolute, resolved, firm, steadfast, single-minded
    enthusiastic, ambitious, enterprising, motivated, driven, committed, dedicated, persistent, persevering, tenacious, dogged, unfaltering, unwavering, unshakeable
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  • 2Having a useful purpose:

    ‘purposeful activities’
    • ‘What it does mean is that they cannot be given as much education and purposeful activity than if we had fewer prisoners.’
    • ‘Communities of practice develop as people engage in shared, purposeful, and patterned activities, which contribute learning.’
    • ‘Remembering may be a spontaneous or purposeful activity.’
    • ‘‘An important aspect of the prison regime is that of rehabilitation and encouraging prisoners in a positive and purposeful activity,’ a spokesman said.’
    • ‘Board members found the centre's gym was modern and well-used, providing the main opportunity to get prisoners out of their cells and involved in purposeful activity such as first aid skills.’
    • ‘We celebrate because through Jesus Christ we gain access to not just heaven, but to a purposeful and meaningful relationship with Almighty God.’
    • ‘Crisp, purposeful but most importantly useful - almost a personal assistant, perhaps even a personal digital assistant.’
    • ‘It keeps people busy with useful, purposeful work, and that's a good way to form a team.’
    • ‘Learning carpentry, on the other hand, involves purposeful activity and experimentation, a kind of learning that is beyond verbalization.’
    • ‘In smaller nursing homes, where low profit margins do not allow the employment of full multidisciplinary teams, patients are subjected to little purposeful activity.’
    • ‘Bowen shares several perspectives about combat that are useful and purposeful to the student of warfare.’
    • ‘His way is to embrace all the infinite pointless and impossible acts that surround every useful, purposeful decision.’
    • ‘Emotions like grief, fear and despair are purposeful and useful - if we know how to listen to them.’
    • ‘Instead of seeing the organizations as comprising buildings, offices, car parks, rule books, meetings and other forms of purposeful activity, we see these as symbol systems.’
    • ‘The 241-pupil school is commended for ‘buzzing with purposeful activities and pupils showing a genuine love of learning’.’
    • ‘This is determined by the central place the means and methods occupy in the structure of people's meaningful and purposeful activity.’
    • ‘Are some lives, the question essentially goes, to be considered less valuable, less meaningful, less purposeful and hence less worthy of society's protection than others?’
    • ‘In a climate of political exhaustion, maybe it's time that arts institutions asserted the value of their work, and led policymakers back towards an acknowledgement of art as a purposeful activity in its own right?’
    • ‘Yet the committee gathered and spent two days in generally useful and purposeful discussions.’
    • ‘Scientists have long been fascinated by ants because of the extraordinary way they organise themselves into colonies that display purposeful activity.’
    valuable, of value, worth it, worth the effort, useful, of use, usable, of service, beneficial, rewarding, advantageous, positive, helpful, of help, of assistance, profitable, gainful, fruitful, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, effectual, justifiable, significant, important, substantial, meaningful, worthy
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  • 3Intentional:

    ‘if his sudden death was not accidental, it must have been purposeful’
    • ‘As a third party, un-involved, I cannot comment on the validity of the actions in question, nor to the motivation of the incident, whether accidental or purposeful in nature.’
    • ‘The only way that this can be achieved, it seems, is by the wilful and purposeful appropriation of Aboriginal narratives by non-indigenous Australians.’
    • ‘The bombing was a planned, purposeful attack, while the Port Authority was at most negligent in failing to defend its property more carefully.’
    • ‘These killings are planned, purposeful, and remorseless.’
    • ‘Without conscious thought and purposeful efforts to hold everything in balance, Americans have always somehow succeeded in doing just that.’
    • ‘We must make conscious, purposeful decisions to take care of other people, the natural environment and ourselves as well.’
    • ‘Reflex withdrawal from a painful stimulus is not considered a purposeful response.’
    • ‘There is no need for any purposeful and deliberate attempt to protect dialects.’
    • ‘Some scientific breakthroughs, like Edison's invention of the light bulb, are purposeful and planned.’
    • ‘Also complicated are Ana's decision and purposeful plans to lose her virginity.’
    • ‘The term ‘spectator’ as that word is understood in its ordinary sense in context with the statutory terms, is a purposeful, knowing or intentional observer of an event.’
    • ‘Yet its exhibits, gleaned from some of the world's finest collections, elegantly displayed and labelled, are in essence, works of purposeful, premeditated vandalism.’
    • ‘Every move was deliberate and purposeful, almost as if she were executing some sort of martial art act.’
    • ‘But it would be more correct to say that our consciousness and purposeful behavior results from such natural behavior of energy systems.’
    • ‘But in this case, I think the problem is more the reporter's innate prejudice than any purposeful intention to smear the U.S. Army.’
    • ‘If the situation arose through that person's purposeful negligence, however, then he is considered a purposeful wrongdoer.’
    • ‘The state calculated the amount of purposeful underpayment by Chevron to be $13.5 million over the thirteen years and the jury agreed.’
    • ‘In fact, these disclosures were significantly more likely to be purposeful, which was defined as the intentional and deliberate report of abuse.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the convenient assumption that any rational leader also will be reasonable sets up the observer to miss an opponent's conscious and purposeful moves that are far outside expected norms.’
    • ‘The conclusion examines the tensions between the idea of strategy as purposeful direction/plan of action and as a zone of complexity.’
    deliberate, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended, planned, meant, considered, studied, knowing, wilful, wanton, purposive, purposed, premeditated, pre-planned, thought out in advance, prearranged, preconceived, predetermined
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Pronunciation

purposeful

/ˈpəːpəsfʊl//ˈpəːpəsf(ə)l/