Definition of purposeful in English:

purposeful

adjective

  • 1Having or showing determination or resolve.

    ‘the purposeful stride of a great lawyer’
    • ‘They don't beg and harass the stream of crowds that pass them with purposeful strides, the way their counterparts do in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Krys began walking in long, purposeful strides toward S & S. ‘Do you know?’’
    • ‘Lani strode from the hall, purposeful steps and determined expression a warning to all the servants in the palace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They walked in the blazing noonday sun with a new 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Men and women of various ages and shapes were taking purposeful strides, either walking, jogging, or running.’
    • ‘The relentless sun beating down, our initially purposeful stride declines to a sporadic meander as we ascend the steps.’
    • ‘He set off for the pasture with a purposeful stride.’
    • ‘The purposeful stride of a child-protagonist is shown largely through a close-up of his feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turning, he walked down the hall with long purposeful strides.’
    • ‘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.’
    determined, resolute, resolved, firm, steadfast, single-minded
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    1. 1.1 Having a useful purpose.
      ‘purposeful activities’
      • ‘The 241-pupil school is commended for ‘buzzing with purposeful activities and pupils showing a genuine love of learning’.’
      • ‘‘An important aspect of the prison regime is that of rehabilitation and encouraging prisoners in a positive and purposeful activity,’ a spokesman said.’
      • ‘Yet the committee gathered and spent two days in generally useful and purposeful discussions.’
      • ‘Remembering may be a spontaneous or purposeful activity.’
      • ‘Learning carpentry, on the other hand, involves purposeful activity and experimentation, a kind of learning that is beyond verbalization.’
      • ‘His way is to embrace all the infinite pointless and impossible acts that surround every useful, purposeful decision.’
      • ‘This is determined by the central place the means and methods occupy in the structure of people's meaningful and purposeful activity.’
      • ‘We celebrate because through Jesus Christ we gain access to not just heaven, but to a purposeful and meaningful relationship with Almighty God.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Emotions like grief, fear and despair are purposeful and useful - if we know how to listen to them.’
      • ‘Crisp, purposeful but most importantly useful - almost a personal assistant, perhaps even a personal digital assistant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It keeps people busy with useful, purposeful work, and that's a good way to form a team.’
      • ‘Scientists have long been fascinated by ants because of the extraordinary way they organise themselves into colonies that display purposeful activity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What it does mean is that they cannot be given as much education and purposeful activity than if we had fewer prisoners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Communities of practice develop as people engage in shared, purposeful, and patterned activities, which contribute learning.’
      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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    2. 1.2 Intentional.
      ‘if his sudden death was not accidental, it must have been purposeful’
      • ‘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 bombing was a planned, purposeful attack, while the Port Authority was at most negligent in failing to defend its property more carefully.’
      • ‘If the situation arose through that person's purposeful negligence, however, then he is considered a purposeful wrongdoer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet its exhibits, gleaned from some of the world's finest collections, elegantly displayed and labelled, are in essence, works of purposeful, premeditated vandalism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The conclusion examines the tensions between the idea of strategy as purposeful direction/plan of action and as a zone of complexity.’
      • ‘The only way that this can be achieved, it seems, is by the wilful and purposeful appropriation of Aboriginal narratives by non-indigenous Australians.’
      • ‘These killings are planned, purposeful, and remorseless.’
      • ‘Every move was deliberate and purposeful, almost as if she were executing some sort of martial art act.’
      • ‘There is no need for any purposeful and deliberate attempt to protect dialects.’
      • ‘But it would be more correct to say that our consciousness and purposeful behavior results from such natural behavior of energy systems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some scientific breakthroughs, like Edison's invention of the light bulb, are purposeful and planned.’
      • ‘The state calculated the amount of purposeful underpayment by Chevron to be $13.5 million over the thirteen years and the jury agreed.’
      • ‘Also complicated are Ana's decision and purposeful plans to lose her virginity.’
      • ‘In fact, these disclosures were significantly more likely to be purposeful, which was defined as the intentional and deliberate report of abuse.’
      • ‘Without conscious thought and purposeful efforts to hold everything in balance, Americans have always somehow succeeded in doing just that.’
      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

/ˈpərpəsfəl//ˈpərpəsfəl/