Definition of purposeful in English:

purposeful

adjective

  • 1Having or showing determination or resolve.

    ‘the purposeful stride of a great lawyer’
    • ‘They walked in the blazing noonday sun with a new purposeful stride.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lani strode from the hall, purposeful steps and determined expression a warning to all the servants in the palace.’
    • ‘He set off for the pasture with a purposeful stride.’
    • ‘The relentless sun beating down, our initially purposeful stride declines to a sporadic meander as we ascend the steps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turning, he walked down the hall with long purposeful strides.’
    • ‘Krys began walking in long, purposeful strides toward S & S. ‘Do you know?’’
    • ‘But Kinamori was not fooled by his purposeful stride; rather she became tense with fear and suspicion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The purposeful stride of a child-protagonist is shown largely through a close-up of his feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the age of 35 he continues to cover the ground with a purposeful stride.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Men and women of various ages and shapes were taking purposeful strides, either walking, jogging, or running.’
    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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    1. 1.1Having a useful purpose.
      ‘purposeful activities’
      • ‘Bowen shares several perspectives about combat that are useful and purposeful to the student of warfare.’
      • ‘Crisp, purposeful but most importantly useful - almost a personal assistant, perhaps even a personal digital assistant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet the committee gathered and spent two days in generally useful and purposeful discussions.’
      • ‘Remembering may be a spontaneous or purposeful activity.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In smaller nursing homes, where low profit margins do not allow the employment of full multidisciplinary teams, patients are subjected to little purposeful activity.’
      • ‘Communities of practice develop as people engage in shared, purposeful, and patterned activities, which contribute learning.’
      • ‘What it does mean is that they cannot be given as much education and purposeful activity than if we had fewer prisoners.’
      • ‘The 241-pupil school is commended for ‘buzzing with purposeful activities and pupils showing a genuine love of learning’.’
      • ‘We celebrate because through Jesus Christ we gain access to not just heaven, but to a purposeful and meaningful relationship with Almighty God.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is determined by the central place the means and methods occupy in the structure of people's meaningful and purposeful activity.’
      • ‘Emotions like grief, fear and despair are purposeful and useful - if we know how to listen to them.’
      • ‘‘An important aspect of the prison regime is that of rehabilitation and encouraging prisoners in a positive and purposeful activity,’ a spokesman said.’
    2. 1.2Intentional.
      ‘if his sudden death was not accidental, it must have been purposeful’
      • ‘Some scientific breakthroughs, like Edison's invention of the light bulb, are purposeful and planned.’
      • ‘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 conclusion examines the tensions between the idea of strategy as purposeful direction/plan of action and as a zone of complexity.’
      • ‘The state calculated the amount of purposeful underpayment by Chevron to be $13.5 million over the thirteen years and the jury agreed.’
      • ‘Reflex withdrawal from a painful stimulus is not considered a purposeful response.’
      • ‘If the situation arose through that person's purposeful negligence, however, then he is considered a purposeful wrongdoer.’
      • ‘In fact, these disclosures were significantly more likely to be purposeful, which was defined as the intentional and deliberate report of abuse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also complicated are Ana's decision and purposeful plans to lose her virginity.’
      • ‘We must make conscious, purposeful decisions to take care of other people, the natural environment and ourselves as well.’
      • ‘Every move was deliberate and purposeful, almost as if she were executing some sort of martial art act.’
      • ‘The only way that this can be achieved, it seems, is by the wilful and purposeful appropriation of Aboriginal narratives by non-indigenous Australians.’
      • ‘But it would be more correct to say that our consciousness and purposeful behavior results from such natural behavior of energy systems.’
      • ‘The bombing was a planned, purposeful attack, while the Port Authority was at most negligent in failing to defend its property more carefully.’
      • ‘Without conscious thought and purposeful efforts to hold everything in balance, Americans have always somehow succeeded in doing just that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no need for any purposeful and deliberate attempt to protect dialects.’
      • ‘These killings are planned, purposeful, and remorseless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

purposeful

/ˈpərpəsfəl/