• Serving a particular purpose; adapted to a given purpose, especially through natural evolution.
  • Done or performed with a conscious purpose or intent.
  • Pertaining to purpose, as reflected in behaviour or mental activity.
  • Pertaining to or demonstrating purpose.
  • Possessed of a firm purpose.
  • Of a clause or conjunction: expressing purpose.


  • From purpose + -ive. Compare purpositive.

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