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Webster 1913 Edition


Constructive

Con-struct′ive

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
constructif
.]
1.
Having ability to construct or form; employed in construction;
as, to exhibit
constructive
power
.
The
constructive
fingers of Watts.
Emerson.
2.
Derived from, or depending on, construction, inference, or interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred.
Constructive crimes
(Law)
,
acts having effects analogous to those of some statutory or common law crimes; as, constructive treason. Constructive crimes are no longer recognized by the courts.
Constructive notice
,
notice imputed by construction of law.
Constructive trust
,
a trust which may be assumed to exist, though no actual mention of it be made.

Webster 1828 Edition


Constructive

CONSTRUCTIVE

,
Adj.
By construction; created or deduced by construction, or mode of interpretation; not directly expressed, but inferred; as constructive treason.
Stipulations, expressed or implied, formal or constructive.

Definition 2022


constructive

constructive

English

Adjective

constructive (comparative more constructive, superlative most constructive)

  1. Relating to or causing construction.
  2. Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.
  3. (law) Imputed by law; created to give legal effect to something for equitable reasons, as with constructive notice or a constructive trust.

Synonyms

  • (carefully considered and meant to be helpful): productive

Antonyms

  • (relating to or causing construction): destructive
  • (carefully considered and meant to be helpful): destructive

Translations

Derived terms


French

Adjective

constructive

  1. feminine singular of constructif