One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Definition of constructive in US English:
constructive
adjective
1Serving a useful purpose; tending to build up.
‘constructive criticism’- ‘Keeping a murderer in prison costs upwards of £25,000 a year which could be better used for constructive purposes.’
- ‘Most of the comments here are delightfully informative, useful or otherwise constructive, and I'm happy to keep it that way!’
- ‘Gendering transport history offers a full, useful and constructive tool of analysis.’
- ‘Any advice and/or constructive criticism is welcome, as always.’
- ‘If so, I am opening up myself to constructive criticism or helpful comments.’
- ‘Plus she's a regular reviewer with some grand advice and constructive criticism.’
- ‘He said it was a useful and constructive meeting following on from the previous meeting.’
- ‘The question which now must be asked of Teagasc is what constructive purpose do these reports serve.’
- ‘Suppose, further, that she attempts to use bulldozers for constructive purposes.’
- ‘Go to work for the day, lose yourself in something constructive, the benefits outweigh the negatives.’
- ‘I think that parents should work with schools in a constructive partnership to benefit all parties.’
- ‘At the same time, impeding the efforts of soldiers at war serves no constructive purpose.’
- ‘I'd like someone to come up with a van, haul them off and put them to constructive purpose.’
- ‘The trouble with such sites is that it is just as easy for someone vandalise their pages as it is for someone to add something useful or constructive.’
- ‘Oh, and thank you for all the advice, I love constructive criticism.’
- ‘They must try to profit from experience and constructive advice.’
- ‘Authors might rate reviews as useful, creative, constructive, or crucial to their paper.’
- ‘Generally speaking, I find the critique to be constructive and useful though largely misguided.’
- ‘I told him he needed to be supportive and indulge me in some positive constructive advice.’
- ‘Comments, advice, suggestions or constructive criticism are especially welcome.’
positive, useful, of use, helpful, encouragingView synonyms2Law
Derived by inference; implied by operation of law; not obvious or explicit.‘constructive liability’- ‘It should be noted that constructive manslaughter requires the commission of an unlawful act.’
- ‘Traditionally there has been a reluctance to use a driving offence as the unlawful act in constructive manslaughter.’
- ‘Further, the composition of liability as a constructive trustee is wider than a tracing order in equity.’
- ‘The claim to a trust is a claim to a remedial and not an institutional constructive trust and the limitation period is again 6 years.’
- ‘The fault requirement for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm reveals that it is an offence of constructive liability.’
3Mathematics
Relating to, based on, or denoting mathematical proofs which show how an entity may in principle be constructed or arrived at in a finite number of steps.- ‘His main work was on the constructive theory of functions and approximation theory.’
- ‘He is perhaps best known, however, as one of the founders of the constructive approach to contemporary mathematics.’
- ‘He made a good start to solving this problem for n = 2 when he found a constructive proof of a finite basis for binary forms.’
- ‘His criticism was built on the fact that he believed only in constructive mathematics.’
- ‘His repudiation of excluded middle flows from his constructive conception of mathematics.’
Origin
Mid 17th century (in constructive (sense 2)): from late Latin constructivus, from Latin construct- ‘heap together’, from the verb construere (see construct).