purposive

Definitions

  • Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
    Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj purposive having a purpose "purposive behavior"
    • adj purposive having or showing or acting with a purpose or design "purposive behavior"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in
    • a Purposive Having or indicating purpose or design. "Purposive characters.""Purposive modification of structure in a bone.""It is impossible that the frog should perform actions more purposive than these."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • purposive Having an aim or purpose; having an end in view; purposeful.
    • purposive Accomplishing some end; functional; useful in animal or vegetable economy: applied in biology to parts and organs which are not rudimentary or vestigial, and may therefore be regarded as teleological.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration
    • adj Purposive having an aim:
    • adj Purposive (biol.) functional
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Speak little and to the purpose.”
  • Lily Walters
    Lily Walters
    “The secret of successful speakers? Passion and compassion with a purpose.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “The secret of success is consistency of purpose.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
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    “We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.”

Idioms

At cross purposes - When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
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To all intents and purposes - This means in all the most important ways.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. purposer, form of proposer, influenced by Fr. propos.

Usage

In literature:

Such being his purpose, it is necessary to say a few words on the plan of the proposed Edition.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
I fear, if she knew his purpose, he would find it difficult to carry it into execution.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
It will be to no purpose to show me more now.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
He had none of the fixed purpose of Caesar, or the unflinching principle of Cato.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Old fowls that are fit for no other purpose will do very well for soup.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
But I feel bound to confess that I had a double purpose.
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
Grade C Milk or cream (Pasteurized) (For cooking and manufacturing purposes only.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It may be made with left-over potatoes or potatoes cooked especially for this purpose.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
They may be used for any purpose for which either raspberries or blackberries are used.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
We are not to be turned from our purpose by such vapid babblings.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I wanted the money: not for any purpose of vice or superfluity, but for those purposes without which life cannot subsist.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Ten days afterwards Caldigate, in the presence both of Mick and Dick, declared his purpose of going down to Sydney.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
Purposes fulfilled by different Kinds of Food.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
It served his purpose, but its beauty for once left him unimpressed.
"The Men Who Wrought" by Ridgwell Cullum
It has a purpose, and that purpose gives it its character.
"The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1" by Daniel Webster
My immediate purpose was to return again to the frozen North.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
It was surely for some wise purpose that Jehovah snatched thee from us.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
He knows, loves, purposes, warns, rebukes, allures, rewards, and punishes, as only persons can.
"The Meaning of Faith" by Harry Emerson Fosdick
I am sure it will be to no purpose, if any body should think of doing it by way of having any design upon him.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
A purpose realized, fulfilled, cannot persist as a purpose.
"Studies in Logical Theory" by John Dewey
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In poetry:

Wond'rous gift bestow'd on man,
Crowning God's stupendous plan;
Gracious purpose of his love,
What could more his bounty prove.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
And demagogues, with purpose vile,
Must lead the trait'rous cause,
And hound unthinking masses on,
To wreck our country's laws.
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young
My times are in Thy hand, and Thou
Wilt guide my footsteps at Thy will:
Lord! to Thy purposes I bow,
Do Thou Thy purposes fulfil!
"My Times are in Thy Hand" by John Bowring
With us was one, who, calm and true,
Life's highest purpose understood,
And, like his blessed Master, knew
The joy of doing good.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And take unerring measure down
Where'er that plan is failed or foiled,
Thinking far less of purpose kept
Than of a vision spoiled.
"Three Friends" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Behind all being a purpose lies,
Undeviating as God hath willed;
And he alone it is who dies,
Who leaves that purpose unfulfilled.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Kicherer's Supersport Package Gives The C63 AMG A New Sense Of Purpose.
A concept book is meant to have a single purpose: to inform.
"The purpose of using a bridging material or junk shot ensures that the mud goes down the wellbore instead of out of the riser," Suttles said.
Defense Knowledge Online, the Defense Department-wide spin-off of the multi-purpose Army Knowledge Online portal, will shut down mid-year of fiscal 2012, pending the successful transition of services, according to a top DOD official.
"The purpose of this project is to send needy children back to school with a brand new set of clothes ," said Executive Director Claudia Karges.
Cooking spray - 3½ cups all-purpose flour - ½ cup sugar - ¼ cup craisins - 2 teaspoons baking powder - ½ teaspoon salt - ¾ cup butter or margarine (12 Tablespoons) - 4 eggs - ½ cup non-fat milk - 1 egg white, beaten.
Sometimes as I decide what kind of papers to assign to my students, I worry about essay mills, companies whose sole purpose is to generate essays for high school and college students (in exchange for a fee, of course).
Operating from DC to 18 GHz, the model 375BNM coaxial fixed termination is a rugged, low-cost device that's well suited for a wide array of general-purpose applications.
This is not the cockatoo in question this is another cockatoo who allowed it's picture to be used for purposes of this story.
A multi-purpose rollout dance and stage floor, Le Mark Group's Coda Flooring has a combination of durability and flexibility that provides a surface usable as both a permanent and portable dance floor.
He posits two general systems of thinking: System 1, intuitive and quick, good for most purposes, but prone to those pesky cognitive traps.
(AP) — Yellowstone National Park's chief scientist says seven gray wolves that were collared for research purposes have been shot by hunters in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Joining AC Entertainment Technologies' Chroma-Q Color Force range from of multi-purpose RGBA LED fixtures, the new Color Force Compact is cost-effective and IP65-rated for temporary outdoor lighting applications.
He walks quickly and always with purpose.
"The two purposes for holding enemy combatants is, first, to gather intelligence and, two, to prevent an enemy combatant from rejoining an enemy unit.".
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In science:

Thus, even for a non-dilute system (N ∼ M ), we are justified in studying the spectra of D = 0 states and taking their widths as proxies for the entire spectrum of that spin, even for the purpose of determining behavior near the edge of the spectrum (where the level spacings are largest).
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
For latter purpose all kind of dipoles can be considered as independent sources of random field.
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram
For our present purposes it is natural to consider the class of models we study as Gaussian processes on the hypercube SN = {−1, 1}N .
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
For that purpose we will follow the idea of M.
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
However, this is difficult to treat analytically. A simpler version of this model which appears to be adequate for our purpose is obtained by taking the limit T = 0 first, and then the limit ω = 0.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
For the purpose of the present paper, we make a simplification by assuming that “exact specification” implies that the essential feature specification is subsumed by (i.e. is as specific as) the corresponding part of the input structure.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
For presentation purposes we adopt the familiar matrix notation for feature structures. < and > are print macros for lists that expand into the common feature structure notation for lists (cf. (Shieber, 1986, page 29)).
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
The main purpose of this paper is to prove it.
Rational polynomials of simple type
We shall use the notation C(r) to mean C with r punctures (so C∗ = C(1)), and for the purpose of this subsection we used C ∪ C ′ to mean disjoint union of curves C and C ′ , and C + C ′ to mean union with a single normal crossing.
Rational polynomials of simple type
For this purpose, we recall the definition of the cohomology of a Lie algebra A with coefficients in an A-module (we will follow ).
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
For our purpose it is sufficient to get the solution up to o(e2) terms.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
On the other hand, request 1) is purposedly violated in dynamical reduction theories.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
There are also general-purpose tools that can be used for manipulating formal semantics, such as Coq[Coq], Isabelle[Isa] and Twelf[Twe].
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
The purpose of the present work is to call attention to an alternative way to deal with the same sub ject which is motivated mainly by some difficulties of the global approach.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
To that purpose, Weyl extended the geometry of spacetime from the Levi-Civita connection to a new space (”Weyl space”) with an additional covector Q = Qa ea , where ea denotes the field of coframes of the four-dimensional manifold.
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity
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