purposeful [pʉr′pəs fəl]
1. resolutely aiming at a specific goal
2. directed toward a specific end; not meaningless

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  • purposeful — 1853, from PURPOSE (Cf. purpose) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Purposefully …   Etymology dictionary

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  • purposeful — pur|pose|ful [ pɜrpəsfl ] adjective determined to achieve a goal: students working in a purposeful manner a. intended to achieve something useful: I felt the need to lead a more purposeful life. ╾ pur|pose|ful|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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