early 15c., "derived by interpretation," from Middle French constructif or from Medieval Latin constructivus, from Latin construct-, past participle stem of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Meaning "pertaining to construction" is from 1817; "having the quality of constructing" is from 1841. Related: Constructively. Constructive criticism is attested by 1841.
Example Sentences for constructive Vaucanson was a man of the highest order of constructive genius. He is fertile in plan and constructive in method because he has creative imagination. The field is almost virgin, and the need for constructive programs is acute. With a fifty-dollar teacher, constructive work was likely lacking. We see at once that that doctrine was not negative but positive and constructive. The ... EXPAND
adjective. structural architectonic building constructive engineered
adjective. advantageous benign constructive favorable favoring gainful good good for what ails you healthful helpful profitable propitious salubrious salutary serviceable toward useful valuable what the doctor ordered wholesome worthy