Meaning of purposeful


Something purposeful is done on purpose: it’s meant to achieve an aim.

Lots of things happen accidentally or randomly, but other things have a purpose. Such things can be called purposeful. Going to college, starting a family, giving to a charity, and adopting a dog are all purposeful acts. People have a reason for doing them, and they want to accomplish something specific. Purposeful things are thought-out and intentional.

Definitions of purposeful
  1. adjective

    serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal



    having a meaning or purpose
    businesslike, earnest

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
    goal-directed, purposive

    having a purpose
    purpose-built, purpose-made

    designed and constructed to serve a particular purpose

    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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    not evidencing any purpose or goal
    meaningless, nonmeaningful

    having no meaning or direction or purpose
    adrift, afloat, aimless, directionless, planless, rudderless, undirected

    aimlessly drifting

    marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another
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  2. adjective

    having meaning through having an aim

    “led a happy
    purposeful life”


    having a meaning or purpose

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