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If there's one thing that makes me cynical, it's optimists. They are just far too cynical about cynicism. If only they could see that cynics can be happy, constructive, even fun to hang out with, they might learn a thing or two.
Julian Baggini

Meaning of "constructive" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CONSTRUCTIVE

constructive  [kənˈstrʌktɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONSTRUCTIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Constructive is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CONSTRUCTIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

constructive

Construction

Building construction is the process of preparing for and forming buildings and building systems. Construction starts with planning, design, and financing and continues until the structure is ready for occupancy. Far from being a single activity, large scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by a project manager, and supervised by a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer or project architect. For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Those involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful scheduling, budgeting, construction site safety, availability and transportation of building materials, logistics, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays and bidding, etc.

Definition of constructive in the English dictionary

The first definition of constructive in the dictionary is serving to build or improve; positive. Other definition of constructive is deduced by inference or construction; not expressed but inferred. Constructive is also having a deemed legal effect.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONSTRUCTIVE


autodestructive
ˌɔːtəʊdɪˈstrʌktɪv
conductive
kənˈdʌktɪv
deconstructive
ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪv
destructive
dɪˈstrʌktɪv
fructive
ˈfrʌktɪv
inductive
ɪnˈdʌktɪv
instructive
ɪnˈstrʌktɪv
introductive
ˌɪntrəˈdʌktɪv
nonconstructive
ˌnɒnkənˈstrʌktɪv
nondestructive
ˌnɒndɪsˈtrʌktɪv
obstructive
əbˈstrʌktɪv
productive
prəˈdʌktɪv
reconstructive
ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪv
reproductive
ˌriːprəˈdʌktɪv
seductive
sɪˈdʌktɪv
self-destructive
ˌsɛlfdɪˈstrʌktɪv
superstructive
ˌsuːpəˈstrʌktɪv
unconstructive
ˌʌnkənˈstrʌktɪv
uninstructive
ˌʌnɪnˈstrʌktɪv
unobstructive
ˌʌnəbˈstrʌktɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONSTRUCTIVE

constructable
constructer
constructible
construction
construction company
construction engineer
construction industry
construction site
construction worker
constructional
constructionally
constructionism
constructionist
constructive dismissal
constructively
constructiveness
constructivism
constructivist
constructor
constructure

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONSTRUCTIVE

active
addictive
alternative
attractive
collective
constrictive
cost-effective
defective
detective
directive
distinctive
effective
inactive
interactive
objective
perspective
prospective
protective
respective
selective
subjective

Synonyms and antonyms of constructive in the English dictionary of synonyms

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SYNONYMS OF «CONSTRUCTIVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «constructive» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of constructive

Translation of «constructive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONSTRUCTIVE

Find out the translation of constructive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of constructive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «constructive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

建设性的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

constructivo
570 millions of speakers

English

constructive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रचनात्मक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُفِيد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

созидательный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

construtivo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গঠনমূলক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

constructif
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Membina
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

konstruktiv
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

建設的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

건설적인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mbangun
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mang tính xây dựng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆக்கபூர்வமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

विधायक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yapıcı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

costruttivo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

konstruktywny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

конструктивний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

constructiv
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εποικοδομητικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

konstruktiewe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

konstruktiv
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

konstruktiv
5 millions of speakers

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about constructive

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONSTRUCTIVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word constructive.
1
Alvar Aalto
The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.
2
Paula Abdul
Constructive criticism is about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on.
3
John R. Allen
Afghanistan is going to be here a long time, and what's critical is that Afghanistan's relationship with its neighbors are, to the maximum extent they can be, constructive and operationally useful.
4
Roberto Azevedo
I think what helps me is that delegations of all sizes - the small, the medium, the large, the largest - they all have seen me in action. They all have seen me unlocking blockages, unlocking impasses for several years now, and they all know that... I can bring a constructive mood to the table.
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Julian Baggini
If there's one thing that makes me cynical, it's optimists. They are just far too cynical about cynicism. If only they could see that cynics can be happy, constructive, even fun to hang out with, they might learn a thing or two.
6
William Baldwin
I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner. I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op.
7
Michael Ian Black
I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it's sort of mindless, or they're receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.
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David Brock
The truth is that the more responsible the media outlet, the more responsive they are to constructive criticism.
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Brene Brown
Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn't feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.
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Brene Brown
To me, constructive criticism is when people take ownership of their ideas. That's why I don't listen to anything that's anonymous. But it's hard; when there's something hurtful out there, I still want to read it over and over and memorize it and explain my point of view to the person.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONSTRUCTIVE»

Discover the use of constructive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to constructive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Constructive Living
Constructive Living is a Western approach to mental health education based in large part on adaptations of two Japanese psychotherapies, Morita therapy and Naikan therapy.
David K. Reynolds, 1984
2
Constructive
The notes that eventually became this book were written between 1977 and 1985 for the course called Constructive Combinatorics at the University of Minnesota. This is a one-quarter (10 week) course for upper level undergraduate students.
Dennis W. Stanton, D E White, 1986
3
The Resolution of Conflict: Constructive and Destructive ...
The basic question to which this book is addressed is not how to eliminate or prevent conflict but rather how to make it productive, or minimally, how to prevent it from being destructive.
Morton Deutsch, 1977
4
Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution
Updates for the fourth edition include a more reader-friendly first chapter, new examples such as the Arab Spring, and new developments in waging conflicts.
Louis Kriesberg, Bruce W. Dayton, 2012
5
A Handbook for Constructive Living
This is a guide for taking control of your life and imbuing it with greater meaning and productivity.
David K. Reynolds, 2002
6
Explaining Constructive Trusts
Concerned with "rationalizing the rules" (Preface p. v) of constructive trusts, this reappraisal of the English law of trusts discounts two major existing theses regarding the rules (first, that, based on the North American experience, they ...
Gbolahan Elias, 1990
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Constructive Approximation
The book describes function spaces used in approximation, the needed functional analytic tools.
Ronald A. DeVore, George G. Lorentz, 1993
8
Constructive Anatomy
"Constructive Anatomy" is George B. Bridgman_s excellent book of anatomical drawing instruction.
George B. Bridgman, 2009
9
Constructive Critics, Ḥadīth Literature, and the ...
This book demonstrates the central role of "?ad?th" scholars of the third/ninth century in the articulation of Sunn? Islam. Special attention is devoted to the critical opinions of al-Dhahab?, Ibn Sa?d, Ibn Ma n, and Ibn ?anbal.
Scott C. Lucas, 2004
10
Power Through Constructive Thinking
One of the First Books to Demonstrate the Power of Positive Thoughts Fresh with contemporary relevance, this classic of positive thinking from one of the world's greatest motivational writers offers stirring insights on self-transformation.
Emmet Fox, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONSTRUCTIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term constructive is used in the context of the following news items.
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Obama: Vietnam 'a very constructive partner'
WASHINGTON — President Obama said Tuesday that Vietnam has become "a very constructive partner" in the new global economy, but ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
2
Obama calls Merkel and Tsipras calling for constructive talks
President Barack Obama on Tuesday analyzed the Greek situation in separate telephone calls to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and ... «MercoPress, Jul 15»
3
Less constructive view of Indonesian Rupiah
Indonesia's domestic data was softer than expected. CPI inflation was a little slower at 7.26%y/y in June (consensus: 7.40%y/y). Trade data was ... «EconoTimes, Jul 15»
4
Arguing constructive dismissal? Ontario Labour Relations Board …
A decision released last week from the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) has re-emphasized the high threshold required to find that ... «Lexology, Jul 15»
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Constructive talks on Ukraine in Minsk
MINSK, 7 July (BelTA) – The negotiations held by the contact group on Ukraine and its subgroups in Minsk on 7 July were constructive, BelTA ... «Belarus News, Jul 15»
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Monsanto said to hold 'constructive' talks with Syngenta investors
ZURICH • Monstanto CEO Executive Hugh Grant had held "very constructive" talks with Syngenta shareholders and reiterated to a Swiss ... «STLtoday.com, Jul 15»
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Morning MoneyBeat Europe: Greece Still Key; Tone More Constructive
Please feel free to send this email to friends and colleagues and include this link so they can sign up to receive it for free too http://on.wsj.com/ ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
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Liverpool city region leaders have 'very constructive' meeting with …
Liverpool city region leaders have held “very constructive” talks with the communities secretary, Greg Clark, over devolution of powers to the ... «Liverpool Echo, Jul 15»
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US ISM non-manufacturing index increases, but details remain …
On the whole, the incoming data will be increasingly constructive, and will provide Fed members with enough confidence to begin raising rates ... «EconoTimes, Jul 15»
10
I Have Not Done Any Constructive Surgery-Cynthia Morgan
In the past, the artiste has been accused of using implants to increase the size of her breast, doing constructive surgery on her nose, while ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»

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