Meaning of constructive


Pronunciation: (kun-struk'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. constructing or tending to construct; helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement (opposed to destructive): constructive criticism.
  2. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of construction; structural.
  3. deduced by inference or interpretation; inferential: constructive permission.
  4. denoting an act or condition not directly expressed but inferred from other acts or conditions.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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