Definition of constructive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌktɪv//
jump to other results
having a useful and helpful effect rather than being negative or with no purpose constructive criticism/suggestions/advice His work involved helping hyperactive children to use their energy in a constructive way. The government is encouraging all parties to play a constructive role in the reform process. You should always welcome constructive criticism of your work. compare destructive Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense not obvious): from late Latin constructivus, from Latin construct- ‘heap together’, from the verb construere, from con- ‘together’ + struere ‘pile, build’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: constructive

Other results

All matches